Future Heroes provides direct mentoring by adult Heroes to boys in 3rd-8th grades. Recently, the Future Heroes have been focused on building skills in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — through hands-on science activities. STEM efforts are led by Heroes Derek Morgan, a WSU aerospace engineering graduate and manager of the FAA’s Military Certification Office in Wichita, Taylor Countee and Roy Moye, recent WSU grads in STEM fields, who now work at Koch Industries and Spirit AeroSystems, respectively.
About 40 boys meet weekly for dinner, homework help and program activities at Chester Lewis Academy. In addition to STEM programs, they focus on building reading skills, as well as community service. Future Heroes also go with adult Heroes on four to six fun outings a year, such as sporting events, fishing, and much more. Heroes that make this program possible by volunteering their time include Sherdeill Breathett, Buddy Shannon, Eric Hayden, Wayne Bell, Devon Lockard, Taylor Countee plus several additional Heroes.
In addition to the weekly mentoring sessions held at Chester Lewis Academy, RMRH has established mentoring relationships with Gordon Parks Academy, Spaght Elementary and Mueller Elementary.
All mentoring sessions introduce boys to the four character traits necessary to be a successful man and a “HERO.” Boys are taught the four traits taken from the RMRH credo: To be Honorable, Exemplary, Responsible and Optimistic. These lessons are the foundation of all RMRH mentoring programs.