Swope Health announces a new edition of its podcast, One on One with Swope Health, featuring Ruth Ramsey, editor and publisher of Our Health Matters.
Eric Wesson, founder and publisher of The Next Page KC, a newspaper focused on the Black community, hosts the show’s conversations with Kansas Citians about issues of importance to the community’s health and wellbeing.
Ramsey, who is also president of Ramsey & Associates Design Inc., is sponsoring an event “Mentor me! I can & I will” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., Kansas City. The free event is a call to action for Black men to make a commitment to mentor and support Black boys.
It also is a follow-up to the November 2022 “Black Men Speak: Health, Strength, and Hope” event and special edition magazine. The magazine focused on Black men, reaffirming their value and purpose and encouraging a deeper understanding of their important contributions.
She explained the title as a call and response: “Mentor me” as a request from Black boys, “I can and I will” as the response from Black men. She also noted a dire need for Black males to serve in mentoring roles.
Her goal is to show men that they are needed and convince them they have something to contribute. Ramsey features several boys in the magazine, both who were mentored and who mentor others. “It does make a difference,” she said.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gem Theater, and features:
- Bernard Franklin, managing director of Uncornered
- Rev. Louis E. Negron Sr., executive director and chief operating officer of 100 Black Men of Atlanta
- Jamal Berry of Educare DC, an Early Childhood Education expert
- Dr. L. Nathan Gause, orthopedic surgeon with University Health
- Jeron Ravin, J.D., president and CEO of Swope Health
- Angela and James Ward, founders of the Comprehensive Arts Institute, presenting their high school jazz band in performance
- Eric Wesson, founder of The Next Page KC, as master of ceremonies
In addition, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas will participate.
The event is free and open to all. Registration is requested: https://mentor-me.eventbrite.com/