Nominations of MLK program participants sought for Jan. 19 event

STEUBENVILLE — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Steubenville will host a special event this year as part of the MLK weekend events.

The 20/20 vision project will focus on 20 African American males in their 20s with the project addressing networking, budgeting, strategies for success and community engagement.

The presenter will be Ronald L. Jones, founder and CEO of DareIILead Leadership Facilitation Co. Jones is a native of West Virginia and has earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology.

Since the inception of DareIILead, Johnson has served in several leadership capacities in programs that are geared toward personal and leadership development; minority recruitment, matriculation and retention; and collegiate success.

He also completed research, lectured and taught courses in various psychology areas, including racial identity, race/culture and development; academic success; social psychology; child development; and the psychology of love and relationships. He serves as an international consultant, motivational speaker, mentor and instructor.

This is the first time that this program will be offered during the MLK events. MLK Association member and program co-coordinator the Rev. Benjamin Calvert II of Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church said, “Our young men need leadership and networking skills that are beyond what traditional and formal education can provide. This program will begin to introduce them to additional life skills that can assure their success and their ability to make positive contributions to the lives of others, many of which are the same strong characteristics of Dr King. This will be what empowers them to carry his vision forward.”

The program is invite only, and space is limited to 20. Parents, teachers and pastors are encouraged to nominate young men for the program by contacting Angela Kirtdoll, co-coordinator, at The deadline for registration is Sunday.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 19 at a location to be determined.