Calvin T. Mann, the President and Founder of Encourage Me I’m Young (EMIY) Inc., a non-profit organization based in Detroit, has launched both a mobile mentoring bus and an apparel line aimed at inspiring Black youth. EMIY is committed to supporting Black and brown boys, girls, and their families in their ongoing challenges.
The organization’s origins date back to 2004 when they placed shirts at the sites where children had tragically lost their lives in Detroit. In 2007, Mann’s mother gifted him a non-profit organization. “She said I would need it,” Mann shared.
After years of active involvement in the community, a generous donation led to the discovery of an RV in Ohio. They had it customized with EMIY branding and launched the EMIY Mobile Mentoring Bus.
EMIY Mobile Mentoring Bus
The bus serves as a means to reach out to young Black youth facing difficulties due to the absence of positive role models in their lives. The concept involves parking the bus at sporting events and community gatherings, supporting and encouraging young attendees. Moreover, the bus enables Mann’s organization to travel from one neighborhood to another, connecting with these young individuals and offering guidance on various aspects of life.
EMIY Apparel line
In addition to the mentoring bus, EMIY has introduced the EMIY Apparel line, designed to promote support for Black youth and families. The shirts and hoodies feature the EMIY logo along with phrases like “Dedicated to Legacy,” “Beautiful is the Only Way to Say Family,” “I’m Possible,” “Good Fathers Only,” and “(Swag) Standing With an Awesome God.”
“I started EMIY Apparel because I saw the need for the world to be more encouraging; Black youth aren’t getting the support and encouragement they need, so I decided to bring that to the marketplace,” explained Mann.
EMIY is actively engaged in its mentoring program for boys aged 8 to 24, providing instruction in various life skills. Additionally, they are running the Smash Suicide Campaign to raise awareness of this critical issue. On October 7, they will host their third annual Man 2 Man Youth Summit, bringing boys and men together to facilitate positive interactions.
For those interested in learning more about EMIY’s initiatives and apparel, further information can be found here.