Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela B. Alsobrooks is on a mission and she needs some help. Specifically, she needs some of the men of the region to step up.

Alsobrooks is sponsoring a “Brotherhood Summit” in an attempt to uplift and unite the young men of Prince George’s. She has asked that adult men come forward to serve as mentors for the young men and assist with the event.

The summit, which is scheduled for May 4th, is aimed at boys between the ages of 13 and 18. In an appearance on Fox 5 News on April 16, Alsobrooks said the event has been in the planning stages since October, the month after she held a similar program for girls. She said the topics to be discussed at the men’s summit include “character, responsibility, and accountability.”

“This is our chance as a community to step up, not only to save a life, but to change the life of a young man,” said Alsobrooks. “We talk all the time about the violence. This is our chance to save and change lives.”

Guest speakers and presenters scheduled to appear at the summit include television Judge Greg Mathis, a self-described troubled youth; former NFL player Michael Westbrook; and Kweisi Mfume, former president/CEO of the NAACP.

She said one goal of the program is to give youths an alternative to violence and misbehavior.

“We have to broaden our young people’s experiences,” she said, “and show them how to be on a path to succeed.”

Last year, Alsobrooks coordinated a “Sisterhood Summit” in which women mentored girls. The event drew hundreds to Prince George’s Community College.

Celebrities included television Judge Glenda Hatchett, who delivered the keynote speech.

Alsobrooks told Fox 5 that she was inspired by the success of that event to do one for the young men in the area. Besides her office, the county’s Department of Social Services, the Office of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and the United Way will be present. She said employers will be available and families will be served, as well as young men.

The summit to assist young men is being held just months after a spate of killings left six high school students dead since the beginning of the school year. Alsobrooks attended a community meeting on Feb. 25 that was called in the wake of back-to-back killings of two Suitland High School students—Charles Walker Jr., 15, and Aaron Kidd, 18. Besides Alsobrooks, Police Chief Mark Magaw and County Councilmember Karen Toles (District 7) attended.

Police attributed the spate of violence among young people to the availability of guns. Alsobrooks has said children need moral guidance, as well.

“A young man who was shot in his back over a pair of shoes says that we are transferring the wrong values to our children,” Alsobrooks said at the Feb. 25 event, referring to the death of one of the victims. “And that has to be addressed.”
The summit is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bowie State University. For additional information and to register, call 301-952-5370.


Zachary Lester

AFRO Staff Writer