A 21-year-old youth leader is opening a school for boys in Albany, Georgia, which he hopes will provide youth with more opportunities for success and teach them about life.
In an interview with WALB News 10’s Gabrielle Ware, Randall explained that the school will teach boys traditional academics as well as trade skills such as auto-repair and welding. Other branches of study will include firearms training and the science of family and manhood.
“Doing different workshops, teaching young men how to do different skill trades, we’re also doing a book club and teaching them how to read because 93% of the children I come into contact with can’t read,” Randall said. He added, “Now we have an 86 percent reading comprehension rate.”
Members of The ‘X’ For Boys Organization pose for a photo. (PHOTO: Courtesy of thexforboys.org)
He told Ware that he had wanted to open a school ever since he started an organization just two years ago called The “X” For Boys, which seeks to educate, mentor, and empower boys from all walks of life. He founded the organization at 19.
Back in October 2020, he had told INN24 that he knew there was a lack of youth support programs in Albany, with high crime rates and low literacy rates. He had pointed out the importance of moulding the minds of troubled boys and providing them with more opportunities for a successful future.
Image of Mr. Randall
(PHOTO: Courtesy of AccessWire)
Now, he is doing just that. He plans to name the school the New Life Preparatory School for Boys.
In his search for a property, Randall said he worked with the Dougherty County School System to find a suitable location.
“I gave the superintendent a call and asked if he had any school buildings they didn’t mind getting rid of, and he was like, “Well, we have three buildings on the chopping block ready to be demolished,”” Randall explained to Ware. After that, he toured one of the buildings and found it good enough to use for the school.
Randall, who is a chef, father, and full-time community activist, told Ware he hopes the new space will provide young boys with the opportunity to better their lives.
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