Doing our part to bring many good things to life.
IRON began in 2009 and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization this year. The program has a core staff of four who are assisted by numerous mentors and volunteers. Two chapters for young men have been in operation: IRON at ACHS and T.I.N. Men at Monelison and Amherst middle schools. A chapter of IRON also began at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg.
“This has been a pretty exciting year for [us] being able to launch more programs,” said IRON founder and Dunbar Middle School Principal Derrick Brown.
Our goal is to have IRON in ever school. Contact us for ways to start an IRON program or to join one at a school near you!
A few Words from those Impacted!
A visual reference for IRON is a chain being torn in two; this represents breaking the chains of negativity that keep us anchored to the ground and prevent us from reaching our goals. Respect is the cornerstone of the club. Through IRON, instead of taking away from my community, I have begun to give back to it by volunteering at soup kitchens, mentoring elementary school kids, and assisting anyone who needs help, whether they ask for it or not… I am emerging as leader, confident in my own decisions and brave enough to oppose the majority when I know it to be wrong. I now understand that holding the door open for someone is not just a sign of respect or a passing kindness. Little by little I am improving the way people around me view young African-American men, making then reconsider stereotypes they’ve been harboring all their lives.”
“My husband and I are parents of twin boys who attend Amherst County High School. They are presently involved in the IRON program, which is sponsored by Amherst County High School. We are very proud parents of this activity because our sons often speak positively about it. Even though my husband and I train, support, and monitor our boys, it is exciting to hear of other positive influences that they feel comfortable being a part of. Other schools would benefit from this program as much as Amherst High School. Our sons are very excited about this because they are apart of something that polishes the training that they receive at home. This program is designed to develop and to polish areas such as respect, leadership, and any other types of positive attitudes that are needed in order to show success. I would like to thank the coordinator for taking the time to do something like this for students that will benefit from it. I know that this program will leave a POSITIVE lifetime scar on my boys as well as other boys.”
“Thank you for the I.R.O.N. program because it honestly helped me in my college decision making. I chose RMC because it reminded me of home, there academics are at their highest and beat everyone in the conference of the ODAC and last and most important; the schools biggest goal is to turn all their students into better men and women, husbands and wives, companions and people. I feel like you as a friend, mentor, and me, being a fellow IRON member, you would be proud.”