Greensboro organization offers free education-based program to teach young men important life skills

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Sometimes it’s hard for students to see beyond high school. But a non-profit organization has set out to help them do just that by helping them set goals, form relationships with positive role models and learn important life skills.

Two Saturdays each month, you’ll find fellowship, workshops and basketball at Providence Baptist Church in Greensboro. The group also takes field trips.

“I don't think I'm ready for life," said participant Christian Brown, a 10th grader. “And when I go here, they teach me stuff I need to know about life so I can be prepared for it as much as possible.”

The organization is called “Crossroads: Pathways to Success” and is possible thanks in part to support from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. It offers a free education-based program for young Guilford County males that goes beyond the classroom.

“A formal education is great and it's a foundation for building out your academic career,” said co-founder Arturo Mckie. “But there's so many other life skills that you need to actually be successful.”

Mckie and fellow co-founder Gerard Truesdale hope by introducing these students to role models including Guilford County Judge Lora Cubbage, they'll set goals for themselves beyond high school.