Kwone Ingram knows firsthand how a positive role model can help shape someone’s life. Growing up, he had several mentors who helped guide him. One even got him involved with the local fire department as a teenager, where he still serves as a volunteer firefighter.
That’s why the second-year Wake Forest School of Medicine student from nearby Walkertown, N.C., leads a mentoring program for young minority males at a local elementary school.
Last year, Ingram started a group called Supporting Young Scholars Through Empowerment and Mentorship (SYSTEM). He, along with several of his Wake Forest School of Medicine classmates, visits the young students regularly. Their goal is to help develop these young minority students into successful and responsible young men. Sometimes that journey starts with learning a skill as basic as tying a tie.