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20 January, 2013

CHICAGO EDUCATOR, AUTHOR, POET, AND FOLKLORIST JOINS USA 2012-2022 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY TEN YEAR PLAN COMMITTEE



 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (USA) -- 20 January 2013 -- Poet, author, educator, folklorist and Illinois (USA) Regional Coordinator for 2013 International Men's Day JOHN D. EVANS has joined the USA 2012-2022 International Men's Day Ten Year Plan Committee. Mr. Evans, a native of Chicago, Illinois, has identified the following areas of concern in Illinois: (a) depression; (b) academic apathy; and (c) mental, physical, and spiritual health among African American males. Other members of the USA 2012-2022 International Men's Day Ten Year Plan include Odetta Wright, Virginia (USA) Regional Coordinator - 2013 International Men's Day; Gregory Johnson, Ohio (USA) Regional Coordinator - 2013 International Men's Day; The Honorable Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth - Lenape Nation (USA) Regional Coordinator and National Strategic Coordinator - 2013 International Men's Day;  and Douglass Capogrossi, Hawaii (USA) Regional Coordinator - 2013 International Men's Day.

The 2012-2022: International Men's Day Ten Year Plan is the brainchild of the Botswana Coordinator for International Men's Day,Ms. Geneuvive Twala. Ms. Twala is developing a ten year plan for International Men's Day for Botswana -- a plan she shared with some members of the American International Men's Day team. After review, the American team reached a general consensus that Ms. Twala's 10 Year Plan for International Men's Day should be adopted and developed in the United States.

 "As an educator, Mr. Evans brings a very valuable perspective to the USA 2012-2022 International Men's Day Committee. The USA and Botswana 2012-2022 International Men's Day Ten Year Plan is about setting achievable and realistic goals for effectively addressing the key challenges that prevent boys from being given a better start and life and preventing men and boys from living longer, healthier, and longer lives. These key challenges include -- education, physical and mental health, real life options, violence, Fatherhood and positive male role models. The areas of concern which Mr. Evans has identified are in alignment with the key challenges of education and health which the International Men's Day Coordination Committee have identified during the past two years in an effort to move the world's focus to addressing and resolving these challenges," remarked Diane A. Sears, the United States Coordinator for 2013 International Men's Day, member of the International Men's Day Coordination Committee, and Chair of the USA 2012-2022 International Men's Day Ten Year Plan. 

          For information about International Men's Day, visit its website at www.international-mens-day.com or send an e-mail to the United States Coordinator for International Men's Day, Diane A. Sears, to: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com
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