Group honors member of West Side mentoring program
Ronald Layton, a member of a West Side mentoring group called Boys to Men, was surprised Monday evening with an academic award named for him. Layton, a Secret Service agent who is leaving the area, presented the award to Amarion Hairston, 8, and Kijante Figures, 12, for their improvements in and out of school.
Boys to Men mentor Tom Sweeney, a Charleston trial attorney, sits with the boys on a wall in Washington during their August trip. Group organizers bought the boys collared button-down shirts for the trip and Sweeney loaned them his Brooks Brothers ties. From left: Nilque Jones, Jason Cole, Amarion Hairston, Eric Clark, Jamal Harper and Kijante Figures.
Amarion stands in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. He turned his grades around and learned to make better choices.
Denny Westover, one of Boys to Men's founders, presents a cake to Ronald Layton Monday evening while mentors look on. Layton, a Secret Service agent, was promoted and is being transferred to Washington.
Children and mentors with Boys to Men posed for a group photo outside of the White House in August. The boys toured the White House, but just missed President Barack Obama, who left the day before on the campaign trail, organizers said.