The Falling Creek Middle boys mentoring program, Young Gentlemen of the Creek, will be holding their annual necktie ceremony at 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at Falling Creek Middle School.
The ceremony will include a motivational speaker, shopping for donated neckties and engaging with men in the community during the necktie tying tutorials. In previous years, neckties have been donated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine and former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, along with many other notable male figures in the Richmond region.
The Young Gentlemen of the Creek was formed by a dedicated group of teachers at Falling Creek Middle that wanted to start a young boys mentoring program. The purpose of this group is for boys in sixth-eighth grades to participate in a youth empowerment, mentoring and academic support group. A central component of participation for each young gentlemen is to dress in professional attire two Wednesdays per month. In the inaugural year, more than 500 neckties were donated from members of the community, including educators, business owners, law enforcement and clergy.