Virgil L. Carman Jr., Founder/President
Robert A. Laster Jr., Vice President
Robert C. Walden Jr., Secretary
Virgil L. Carman III
Virgil Lee Carman Jr. has dedicated his life to service to God and to the youth and the elderly. By creating, Men Empowering Nations, his service to young men and his commitment to changing their mentality has led to a bible-based program that promotes personal, social/cultural growth and development. The program is geared toward making the transition from adolescence to adult manhood by building self-esteem, self-confidence, leadership skills and appropriate decision making qualities. This equates to the ultimate goal of Men Empowering Nations.
Boys to Men Weekend was created by Mr. Carman in 2006 as a collaboration with the Rites to Passage held in the Poconos. This program has a life skills curriculum full of activities. 36 local young men participated and left with a valuable education and an experience they will remember forever.
Mr. Carman, is an active member of Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold NJ, continues his service through the NJ Mentor Network and Resource Home for the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). He also serves as residential counselor for the Twin Oaks Services and attends Camden County College where he aids needing students in the transition to college programs.
Through his membership with the Winslow Township Municipal Drug and Alcohol Alliance, he was able to focus on his second love, our senior citizens. He initiated the Brown Bag Lunch Activity in 2006 to provide information about awareness on health and medications.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Virgil graduated from Central State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. After completing the Reserve Officer Training Corp for the United States Army he advanced to the rank of Captain after serving his country for 8 years.
In 1987, he began working for the United States Postal Service in Atlanta, Ga and transferred to Sicklerville NJ where he is presently retired.
Married to the love of his life, Dawn for 37 years they have 3 grown children. Presently they have two young boys whom they mentor and foster. As foster parents, their home is always open.
Robert Laster was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but raised in Willingboro, NJ. He completed his high school years in Burlington, NJ and then continued onto college where he graduated from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Bachelors of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management. After graduation, Robert held several Management positions in the Hospitality Industry. After about 10 years working in hotels and other companies, he realized that his passion is to help the youth. He started by overseeing an After School Program for School Based Youth in Camden, NJ. After successfully helping kids graduate and move onto college or a trade school, he then worked for New Jersey Mentor as a Youth Mentor.
His role was to work with young men who were being raised in Foster homes to find their purpose in life and encourage them that they can do anything that they put their mind to. Robert was an advocate for the young men at home and at school.
Robert was introduced to Men Empowering Nations in 2007, where he has been in full support ever since. He was intrigued by the leadership of the program and the mission to help young men. Robert can relate to the mentoring program as he too was a part of a mentoring program in high school, which was under the direction of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He just wanted to give back to his community in ways that he was helped as a youth.
Robert now resides in Sicklerville, NJ with his family. He is a member of The Perfecting Church, where he also helps mentor the youth on Sundays and throughout the week.
Robert’s Bible verse that he stands on is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
Robert Walden Jr. was born in the city of Camden, NJ on February 13, 1963. At the age of 8, he moved to Lindenwold, NJ with his family. While growing up in Lindenwold, Robert attended Lindenwold Elementary School #4 (Grades 2-6), Overbrook Regional Jr. High School (Grades 7-9) and Overbrook Regional Senior High School (Grades 9-12). After High school, he then entered the work force ...holding various positions within the retail business field for 33 years.
Robert has been happily married for 13 years and is the proud father of 2 children.
Robert's goal for Men Empowering Nations is to train the youth of today to be the godly, productive men of tomorrow.
He was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He is an active member of Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, NJ. He says and believes that one must inspire before you expire.
Virgil Carman III is a Winslow Township Graduate, and is a recent graduate Vermont College of Fine Arts with a degree in Film. He’s been serving as a mentor for eight years and wouldn’t trade it for anything. He serves at the Event Coordinator. Virgil serves active in his community by reaching out to senior citizens and mentoring with youth. By taking active roles within his church and community, Virgil has demonstrated strong leadership skills, and has become a positive inspiration to the youth around him. He lives everyday by the scripture “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.”
Fred Harrison was born in Philadelphia, Pa. Fred attended Cardinal Dougherty High School and played football for his school during his spare time. He later pursued Temple University in 2001 for his undergraduate and studied Marketing as his major and Real Estate as his minor. Fred went on to go for his masters at UPENN for Bioethics in 2003 but was unable to finish due to unforeseen circumstances. Fred currently works in the Business Industry with youth and he wants to see a positive growth within the community today.
Malik Jenkins was born in Queens, NY and moved to the Sicklerville area around the age of 6. By the age of 8 I been involved in the community doing sports like soccer, basketball, and later on doing track &I field for my school. I attended Camden County Technical School in 2012 to study Information Technology and graduated in 2016 with a 3.2 GPA. My parents always stressed how education is important so I managed to be in a honors class every year (Chemistry, Physics,etc). For my senior year I attended CCC for the first semester getting a head start for life. Now I attended CCC in my 2nd year looking to get my associates degree at the age of 19 and transfer to Rutgers next fall.
Victor lived in a single parent home in Sicklerville, NJ. He struggled to stay out of trouble in school. Victor always knew The Most High had a greater purpose in life besides what his teachers had told him. In 2001, Victor graduated from Overbrook Sr. High School. Victor graduated from Norfolk State University in 2007 with honors, where he earned a scholarship. He received his Bachelors of Science in Exercise with a concentration in Kinesiotherapy. Victor always knew he wanted to give back to his home community by telling his story and challenging the youth to strive for greatness while keeping The Most High first. Victor is a Youth Ministry teacher at his church. He is a also an Assistant Football Coach within his local community. Victor is a Government Account Manager with Verizon.
Christian Bradwell Graduated from the Edgewood High. I then went on to get my Bachelorette in Arts from Rutgers University in Economics. My initial plan was to continue my higher education by perusing a Doctorate in either Finance or Economics. My most inspirational professor told to get a precise understanding of all things mathematics if I were to follow that course like he did by getting a second degree in mathematics before getting his doctorate. So, I said what the hay and started that journey.
I looked at what I was doing, the demanding nature of courses I had and realized that what I was learning was really meant for something else. Considering I wasn’t easily finding a job in my field; I decided it not be finance but engineering. I started taking computer course also, was going to both Rutgers and Camden County College simultaneously. Major hiccup. I got deathly ill without health insurance, this would change my whole course of life dramatically at an early age. I lay in the hospital with a cauterized bleeding ulcer for five days. I needed health insurance, but it was too late anyway. I had accumulated $10,000 hospital bill and took the best for a job that would give me health insurance the soonest.
A toss-up between DOW Jones Publishing where I’d become an editor for the Walls Street Journal or Lucent Technologies. Lucent offered the benefit package the soonest, six months as opposed to one year with DOW. The answer became simple, Lucent. I eventually became a Telecom Engineer for conventional telephony for them, then did wireless management and engineering for General Dynamics and Ericsson. I had also done volunteer work before with a Local teen center, years prior to becoming a mentor with Men of Empowering Nations.