NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** Partnering with six chapters of 100 Black Men of America, Nissan North America, Inc., hosted its fifth annual Nissan Resume Challenge on Feb. 8, 2018 at Nissan Stadium.
With the tagline of "What they see is what they'll be," 100 Black Men of America is a men's civic organization founded in 1963 to educate and empower African American children and teens. Since then, it has formed more than 100 chapters around the country. Nissan is partnering with chapters in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Jackson, Nashville, and Washington D.C. to identify students to participate in this year's Resume Challenge and Summit.
The students taking part in the summit first participated in a resume and interview challenge with representatives from their local chapter of 100 Black Men of America. Those students with strong resume and interview skills were invited to attend the 2018 Nissan Resume Challenge and Summit at the automaker's expense.
"Nissan brings us to the stadium today to honor the 100 Black Men chapter which has been a wonderful charity that we have been a part of for 5 years, said Bart Schuster, Area General Manager at Nissan Motor Company, Washington, DC. "This year, we bring 55 students from 6 different parts of the country to help support, grow and foster some of the youth. As a long-time ago child, I think of a name like Walter Peyton but to have Derrick here in front of these boys who will certainly know who he is brings a level of celebrity that is really remarkable! The other great thing about Derrick is that he realizes that with celebrity comes responsibility. I'm looking forward to an impactful speech to continue and drive these young men to improve themselves and become future leaders."
Over their two days in Nashville, the young men participated in leadership and development workshops and toured Nissan's North American headquarters, as well as the Nissan Smyrna Manufacturing & Assembly Plant, which builds the Nissan LEAF, Rogue and Altima. At both locations, they'll meet with Nissan leadership and have the chance to ask questions.
Titans RB and 2015 Heisman Trophy Recipient Derrick Henry was guest speaker led with a one-on-one discussion by 'Voice of the Titans', Mike Keith.
Henry spoke to the students about overcoming obstacles and challenges. "Anytime I'm away from football and get a chance to come and visit with the kids, interact and spend time with them, is always good," said Henry. "Nissan does a great job interacting with the kids, letting them have fun and providing a great experience."
"What I've learned from today is that being a strong leader does help," said high school student William Evans. "I plan to be a railroad engineer and they need people to be leaders to get the job done for railroad supervisors and inspectors. With my experience and learning how to be a leader will make me a strong individual in the workplace when I do get the job and can begin gaining experience."
"Always chase your dream, always work hard and anything is possible if you believe in yourself. Never give up on your dream of what you want to be and everything should fall in place. Still enjoy being a kid and don't rush growing up. I know I still miss the days of being a kid sometime. Always work hard in school and strive for what you want to be," said Henry.
The afternoon included fun activities such as photos with Henry and the Heisman trophy, giveaways and stadium tours. Titans' cheerleaders, Andrea and Zephanie, signed autographs and posed for pictures.
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Partnering with six chapters of 100 Black Men of America, Nissan North America, Inc. recently hosted its 5th Annual Nissan Resume Challenge at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Lynne McCracken)