Virgil L. Carman Jr. - Founder/President
Robert C. Walden Jr. - Secretary/Director of Volunteerism
Virgil L. Carman III - Director of Fund Development
Thomas Deloach - (Instructor/Teacher)
Malik Jenkins - (Instructor/Teacher)
Victor Cobbs - (Instructor/Teacher)
Christian Bradwell - (Instructor/Teacher)
Earl Davis - (Instructor/Teacher)
Tyrone Coleman - (Instructor/Teacher)
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 is currently a teacher assistant at John Glenn Elementary School in Pine Hill. 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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
Earl was born and raised in Newark, NJ having graduated from the Newark public school system. He graduated with a Bachelor Of Arts in History with a Teacher Certification in Social Studies from Montclair State University.
Earl taught in the Newark public school system. He decided to pursue a career change into the insurance industry. Earl was employed as an All State Insurance Casualty Adjustor, City of Newark Supervising Monitor/Evaluator, State of New Jersey Claims Adjudicator, Senior Claims Investigator, and Principal (Supervising) Claims Investigator. Additionally, Earl was employed, part time, as a Rutgers University Center Strategic Urban Leadership Tutor, a State of New Jersey Teacher, and a Notary Public. After 36 years of serving the public in both the private sector and in government service, Earl retired as a Principal Claims Investigator fro the Department of Environmental Protection(NJDEP) in Trenton, New Jersey. He had statewide operations responsibility for managing highly-complexed environmental claims.
Earl has held a plethora of past memberships and leadership positions in many civic organizations. Some of the most noteworthy were:
Mentor, Men Empowering Nations; President, 417 investment Group; President, Greater Camden Jaycees; President, Coalition of Professional Employees; Board Member, South Jersey Development Agency Corporation; NJDEP Environmental Exposition Advisory Board Committee; Coordinator of Photography, Living Faith Christian Center's Faith Speaks Magazine; Selected Photographer, Philadelphia Eagles South Jersey charity events; Vice President, Bethany Baptist Church Bowling League; Named as an UNITED STATES JAYCEES OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN OF AMERICA; Named in the WHO'S WHO AMONG YOUNG AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS; and Recipient, State of New Jersey Customer service Excellence Award.
Earl is currently employed as a Per Diem substitute Teacher and as a self-employed photographer for EPAD PHOTOGRAPHY. He is a devoted member of Lighthouse of Deliverance Gospel Church in Lindenwold, New Jersey. One of Earl's favorite biblical quote is:
Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Tyrone grew up in the Sicklerville area and was one of the first mentees in Men Empowering Nations. He became the first mentee president and was able to learn many leadership and team building skills from his mentors around him. He has since earned his Bachelor of Science from Drexel University with honors in Biological Science.
Tyrone has continued to take leadership positions within his fraternity and professionally. He has come back to Men Empowering Nations to help other young men achieve their potential. Tyrone has spent many years teaching students from elementary school to college level. Currently, he works as a chemist and will be attending medical school in the summer of 2019.