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From Mentor to Leading Man - CPS Program Coordinator Recognized at Leading Men Fellowship Summit

As the  M.O.R.E. (Men Organized Respectful Educated) coordinator for Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), William Johnson exemplifies the age-old adage of "leading by example" to such a degree that he recently garnered the prestigious Leading Man 2024 award.

The Literacy Lab's Leading Men Fellowship Summit recognized Johnson for his outstanding contributions to the M.O.R.E. program and his broader community involvement. Johnson's role involves overseeing the program's curriculum, field trip opportunities and day-to-day operations, ensuring that students receive support and guidance to excel both academically and personally.

"I want to equip our students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the real world," said Johnson. "I do the work that I do selflessly. I want to help, give back and ensure that the young men in our district have the opportunities they deserve."

The summit celebrates Cincinnati's African American community to improve educational outcomes for students of color by diversifying the teaching force. 

Johnson was one of five men who received the honor during the summit and the only one who worked for a school district. 

The Leading Men Summit also provided students from various Cincinnati schools with valuable experiences and insights. Johnson highlighted the participation of students from Woodward, Dater, Western Hills and Shroder, among others, who engaged in breakout sessions covering topics such as financial literacy and graphic design. The summit encouraged students to explore different paths and pursue their interests.

Looking ahead, Johnson remains committed to his mission of supporting and empowering teens in his community. 

"It's not about awards or recognition," he stated. "It's about making a positive impact and ensuring that every student has the opportunity to thrive."