Metro-East News

Ish/Isha project will teach teens responsibility

The New Ish/Isha Project Academy, an initiative designed to turn boys into men and girls into women, will be held Feb. 6 through April 30 at the Nichols Community Center, 515 East D St. in Belleville.

Parents with sons or daughters 12 to 18 years old they feel will benefit from this program should bring them to an orientation and registration meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Conquerors Christian Center — The Fort, 200 E. Washington St. in Belleville.

A second orientation and registration will be Jan. 23 at Conquerors. The Academy is 12 weeks long, two hours per week, beginning Feb. 6 and ending April 30.

The program emphasizes African American history; self-control; self-esteem; anger management; character development; race relations; respect for men, women and the law; active listening skills and more through military-style regimentation, physical training, labor, education and counseling.

Candidates will participate in a graduation ceremony where each will receive a certificate of completion and other gifts.

The Ish/Isha Project is a rite of passage. Ish is a Hebrew word meaning “man in his highest form”; Isha means “woman in her highest form.”

For more information, contact Dr. John L. Curry at 618-980-9314. The phone number at the center is 618-277-5671.

At a glance

When: Feb. 6-April 30

Where: Nichols Community Center, 515 East D St. in Belleville