H.O.P.E. Academy

Male Institute Programs

Applications of Manhood © Bryant K. Smith 2008 "If you could design and build the ideal man, what would he look like?"

That question is the basis for the newest workshop by award winning workshop creator and facilitator Bryant K. Smith. "The Ideal Man Institute" will help participants examine manhood in several phases. They will be challenged to critically dialogue about the history and image of men, the personal and professional development of men, and the obstacles, and opportunities that exist for men. This highly interactive and thoroughly engaging workshop will also provide participants with methods for self-reflection and evaluation, and improvement of their understanding of and appreciation for what it means to be a man.

Bryant Smith
Bryant K. Smith 
He “helps good people become great and great people become memorable!” For the past two decades Bryant K. Smith has been at the forefront of assisting business, athletic, and educational institutions train, inspire, and develop their employees, athletes, and students into potentially world altering people. Bryant is a financial member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, incorporated. He is a founding board member of the Palmetto Team Youth Association, the founder and creator of "Life Station" male development workshop and "The Remix Hip Hop Leadership Institute". He is a distinguished faculty member for the "Student African-American Brotherhood (SAAB)", and the "Am I My Brothers Keeper?" annual conferences and is recognized across the country as a leader in diversity training, student success and male development and empowerment.

As an author Bryant has produced books on a variety of topics including a social commentary on race relations in the United States entitled Black Not Blind, a book about the power of human potential entitled Five, four books on male development including his newest release Manhood The Missing Manuals, Assembly Instructions. Known for his ability to "meet his clients and students where they are and guide them to where they need to be" Bryant uses his life motto "difficult does not equal impossible" as a reminder that success is only one more attempt away. He is Bryant K. Smith, “The Human Potential Specialist.”

Female Institute Programs

Applications of Womanhood © Bryant K. Smith 2008 "If you could design and build the ideal woman, what would she look like?"

That question is the basis for the newest workshop by award winning workshop creator and facilitator Bryant K. Smith. "Applications of Womanhood" will help participants examine womanhood in several phases. They will be challenged to critically dialogue about the history and image of women, the personal and professional development of women, and the obstacles, and opportunities that exist for women. This highly interactive and thoroughly engaging workshop will also provide participants with methods for self-reflection and evaluation, and improvement of their understanding of and appreciation for what it means to a woman.

“What does it take to become a woman?”
This developmental workshop presents the seven core values every woman needs. It answers the seven core questions that every woman faces throughout life, and provides the 10 things that a woman must have that compliment their core values. Womanhood 101 also expands the concept of womanhood into the practice of sisterhood. This session is not only for women and about women it is for anyone who works with, loves, or is seeking to understand and help women develop into responsible, dynamic, loving, mature, nurturing whole beings. Womanhood and sisterhood will be displayed, defined, and yes tested throughout the session.

Applications of Womanhood going on simultaneously led by: Mrs. Maria McLemore, University of Minnesota, Mrs. Carmen Mahlum, Winona State University, Mrs. Tonicia Abdur Salaam, JT Salaam & Associates, Mrs. Nicole Herold, Winona State University and Mrs. Tamonna Coombs, Winona State University.

 

Maria McLemore

Maria McLemore often says the most challenging and fulfilling role she’s ever held is “raising children in the age of social media.” A major gift officer for the University of Minnesota, McLemore shares stories of growing up in St. Louis and of how life’s experiences—the good and the bad—continue to guide her passions, choices and, most importantly, her decisions as a mother, wife and an African-American woman. McLemore has over 21 years of advancement experience, which includes 17 years in higher education fundraising. She and her husband share in the joy of watching their adult son and two teenage daughters continue the family’s legacy of love, leadership, learning and laughter.
Tamonna Coombs Tamonna Coombs 

Tamonna Coombs: "My passion lies in the ability to help the youth reach their brilliance through education, personal experience but most of all trusting their inner selves."

Tamonna Combs was born St. Louis, MO and raised in Saint Paul, MN. Her interest in facilitating and coaching began with her work with the youth and young women. However, she has expanded to all areas working with multifaceted groups of people. She uses her own understandings, knowledge, and experiences to help people work through their own difficulties and to speak about matters of the heart. She is strong enough to know when to follow and plenty of a leader to know when to serve. She is a motivator, educator, and friend. She wants all to experience healing of self and freedom of mind. She enjoys being a mother first, an avid reader, and baking for her family and friends.