Camp Fit TV Founder & Host Rob Howze provided some of the LIVE interviews at a discussion on a critical topic, “Re-connecting Men With Our Youth,” featuring a ALL STAR Celebrity Panelist First Baptist Church of Glenarden Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr., Former NBA Player/Author Etan Thomas, Former NFL Player Antwaan Randle El, Dr. Boyce D. Watkins, “The People’s Scholar,” Actor Lamman Rucker, Former NBA Player Tony Massenburg and Author Dr. Johnny Parker!!
Proud honoree of the 2014 Prince George’s County 40 Under 40 award
Our most successful initiative to date is Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s. In September of 2011, the PGCSIF launched the Forty UNDER 40 initiative as a means of recognizing the incredible talent that exists in Prince George’s County. As the vast majority of this demographic works outside of the County, we view this as a unique opportunity to not only recognize, but to also engage.This recognition is meant to offer a ‘hometown’ acknowledgement for the incredible talent that exists in Prince George’s County. Our hope beyond the recognition is that the individual successes of these cohorts will have a multiplier effect and can be tapped to further benefit the broader community. Forty UNDER 40 Honorees are recognized in the areas of Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Health and Fitness, Public Service, and Science. The ages of honorees range from 23 – 39 representing each district in Prince George’s County. Forty percent of the honorees in the 2014 cohort were men and 60% were woman. Forty UNDER 40 Prince George’s represents next generation leadership for Prince George’s County.
2011 Winner of the EPNET Legacy Awards
2013 Community Service Award presented by Men Aiming Higher
Changing Prince George’s One Youth at a Time
Bowie resident dedicates time to empowering county’s young men By Chase Cook Staff Writer The former hip-hop artist and moving company owner sits in a small office in the backyard of his Bowie home, amid walls adorned with trophies and posters. His ideas are scribbled all over large sheets of paper. His office may be small, but Rob Howze’s ideas are big. “I always can see the end result,” Howze, 39, said. “Even if it is far away.” Howze is the executive director of Mentoring to Manhood, a Bowie-based nonprofit organization that mentors and tutors young Prince George’s County boys ages 12 to 18. Boys can stay in the program until they leave high school, paying a fee of $60 a year for mentoring and $180 a year for tutoring. The fee is waived if families can’t afford it. Youths who use the program’s weekly tutoring and mentoring services often come from single-mother homes or parents who don’t know how to communicate with their children, Howze said. Mentoring to Manhood is Howze’s full-time job. His duty is overseeing programs and expanding the company’s vision. “We are in the business of educating,” Howze said. “I’m a life empowerment director.” Howze also runs Camp Fit, a local TV program that empowers youth to lose weight and awards a $1,000 to the participant with the biggest weight loss. In 2007, he created the World Wide Community, a nonprofit group that emphasizes youth exercise and education and cutting down on teen pregnancy. Therman Evans, Mentoring to Manhood’s board chairman, said that under Howze’s leadership, the organization has grown into a household name. Howze’s ability to inspire others and his energy makes it possible to motivate volunteers to come out on the weekend to work with the youths in the program, Evans said. “He always has an inspiring word for our young people,” Evans said. “Many of your young men come from places and spaces of trauma and abuse or thoughts of low self worth. Rob has always had the ability to inspire a young person.” Ron Williams, a video producer for Mentoring to Manhood, recalled a recent event where a young man explained how he had low self-esteem until he went through Howze’s program, but has now learned to embrace himself. “The importance of having this organization and having this kind of result is immeasurable,” Williams said. “[Howze] can bring you up from a low place.” Howze said his next plan is to push a Mentoring to Manhood project called the World Wide Collaborative, which launched Dec. 16. Howze said the WWC’s goal is to connect companies in Prince George’s County to the collaborative, so residents can easily access resources to improve the county’s economic, educational and health care needs. “There is no ulterior motive other than making sure people have what they need,” Evans said. “To me that’s just beautiful. You have to be compassionate to do this work.” *** Click News Article Link below for Gazette Website ***