100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale schedule fall induction ceremony
The motto of the 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale is, “What they see, is what they’ll be.” The mentoring organization strives to provide young Black males with positive role models who are dedicated to helping each mentee achieve their goals in life. Four men have assumed the responsibility that comes with being mentor and will be inducted in the 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale. Pictured, (l-r), George Odom Jr., Jordan Charles Paul, Shola Tojuola and Mikelange Olbel.
Submitted by Anthony Robinson
The 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale will conduct their Fall Membership Drive and Induction Ceremony, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., at the 100 Offices (Avenue Executives) in Fort Lauderdale.
The 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale proudly receives four new members who have proven worthy of becoming members of the mentorship organization, an international organization which promotes the development of young Black males internationally.
This year’s fall induction ceremony will include four new mentor inductees including; George Odom, Jr., Jordon Charles Paul, Michael Olbel, and Sola Joshua Tojuola.
Counselor George Odom, Jr. was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. He joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating high school in 2000. He left active duty with an Honorable Discharge and remained in the USMC inactive reserves for four additional years. He graduated with Associates in Arts Degree from Florida State College formally known as Florida Com-munity College. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a Minor in Economics at the University of North Florida in 2008 and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2012. He is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar. He serves on the Florida Bar Military Affairs Committee; Community Service Chair with the T.J. Reddick Bar Association; Membership Committee member and Professionalism Committee member of the Broward County Bar Association. He works at the Broward County Public De-fender’s Office. He is married to Candice Odom and has a son, Matthew Odom.
Jordan Charles Paul attended a Christian elementary school before transferring to a very affluent private school to continue his education. His family was never wealthy but he was able to attend Pine Crest Preparatory School through financial aid obtained from academic merit and scholastic achievement. He attended Santa Fe College before attending the University of Florida. Once arriving back home to South Florida, he immediately obtained a job and career opportunity with Alexis Harris Insurance Agency.
“Over the past six months Ms. Harris has been molding my characteristics to replicate her winning formula to achieve success on not only a local but national level.”
“The 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale is a great organization that already has an abundance of leadership. As a younger member of the organization, I will be able to connect with students on a level that has since been unreachable since my arrival. I understand the struggles and pitfalls a young Black man must overcome to achieve excellence in today’s society. All of my life I have been surrounded by Black excellence.
“Being Black and successful is a gift only given to those who seek it the most. I hope to enrich the lives of the students of the 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale as both they and I reach our pinnacles. They say the worst day of your life will be when the person you are meets the person you could have become. I believe under my tutelage the students of the 100 will only see that person when they look in the mirror,” added Paul.
Mikelange Olbel, better known as Mr. Mike, is an inner city native of Pompano Beach, Fla. Mr. Mike graduated with honors from University of Dubuque where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He specialized in the areas of Criminal Justice and Sociology, including a Minor in Psychology. As an academic scholar, Mr. Mike decided to attend graduate school at Iowa State University. He successfully graduated with honors and obtained a Master’s of Science degree specializing in Social Psychological Behavior, Public Relations and Business Management.
In 2010, Mr. Mike appeared on Iowa KCCI 8 News Network, Iowa State Daily Newspapers and other media sources to help raise monetary aid and assisted in gathering clothing for the survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. He volunteered with the American Red Cross in raising $30,000 for the relief efforts in Haiti. Throughout the years, Mr. Mike has received many awards and acknowledgements for his philanthropic work.
In 2012 he founded his organization called Team Saving Our Youth Inc. (Team SOY). Through Team SOY Mr. Mike knows that fostering and nurturing a relationship between parents, youth, and community members will have a lasting effect for generation to come. Team S.O.Y. believes and practices in cultivating our youth and community today for a healthy future tomorrow.
Mr. Mike is known for his cutting edge expertise in Crime Prevention, Rehabilitation, Educational Development, Professional Executive Coaching/Consulting, and Development. For over 12 years he has not only studied the science of achievement, he’s mastered it by interviewing hundreds of successful business leaders and collaborating with them in the boardroom translating theory into bottomline results for his clients.
Sola Joshua Tojuola was born on March 02, 1986 in Kaduna State, Nigeria to parents Samson and Elizabeth Tojuola. They immigrated to the United States. At the age of six. At-tended Westwood Heights Elementary, Parkway Middle School of Performing Arts, and South Plantation High School. Some achievements in his four years of high school were a Silver Knight nominee, Tojuola was a National Honor Society member, “Athlete of the Year” in Soccer, and Class Vice President. Shola went on to attend University of Florida where he was a Bright Futures recipient among many other scholarships. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2008 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Minor in Business Administration. Shola currently works as a Personal Banker at Wells Fargo. He met his loving wife Crystal Tojuola while attending the University of Florida. They have been married for two years and have a beautiful two-month-old daughter.