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2023 honors and celebrates the inspired leadership and vision of the founding directors, the countless volunteers, support agencies and especially our parents, who believe that there is a better way for their sons to realize the promise and the reward of character-driven, student-centric education.

We acknowledge the incomparable commitment from donors who unfailingly advance the legacy of VMA year after year. We salute the School District of Manatee County, who believed in an untested model of public education and granted a school charter in a neighborhood in need.

But most of all, we celebrate the Suns, our boys. Young men who come to VMA with challenges most of us can never know. We salute their hope, their resilience, and their ability to rise to those challenges and become their better selves.

With your help and support of SHINE ON! 2023, Visible Men Academy can continue to provide a place where young boys become visible, confident young men with character, discipline, and grace.

We hope you can lend your support by attending or contributing to this special event. We look forward to celebrating with you on April 15 at SHINE ON! 2023.

Naiema T. Frieson
Chair, Executive Board