ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Dozens of boys in Albany bonded with many county leaders through neck ties for the 5th Annual Ties that Bind event.
Nearly 80 boys and men participated in Phoebe's Network of Trust luncheon.
Leaders put on the event for Men’s Health Week as a way to show middle school boys the value of having male mentors.
Professional men from all walks of life were tasked with bringing a neck tie to share with each student as influencers.
Some students said they’re grateful for the experience as many of them are without fathers.
“I didn’t have no dad in my life either and being around all these men, it makes me feel comfortable because they’re showing us how to be role models and how to treat young women in our lives,” said Davieon Davis, a participant from the Boys & Girls Club of Albany.
Frank Wilson from the Albany Civil Rights Institute was the guest speaker. WALB’s Damon Arnold was the emcee.
Organizers said they hope each mentor will establish a special relationship with the boys for a lifetime.