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Program Description

The SHINE-CDC Boys to Men Mentoring program is dedicated to developing victorious young men who thrives in society and their communities; by providing mentorship and engagement thorough character-building initiatives that will promote their ability to achieve success in aspects of life. The program will focus on four areas to developing Victorious young men: Character Building, restorative justice, education, and community and civic responsibility.

Program Leader

Leon Garner

Leon Garner: I was born in Dublin, MS but grew up in St. Louis, MO. I received a Bachelors in Economics with a concentration in Accounting from Washington University in St. Louis and later received a MBA in Managerial Accounting from Trident University

International. I have worked in the professional fields of accounting, auditing and management for over 38 years, spending the last 15 years in such a capacity with the Federal Government. 


My greatest success, however, has been as a husband to a Navy officer, now retired and father to five incredible sons, two of which are veterans themselves. My wife and I relocated to Maryland as part of a military relocation in 2014 and since them have been blessed to become Maryland homeowners.


Community and civic engagement

Neighborhood clean-up

School Volunteering

My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

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