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Reclaiming the Village Program holds its 2nd Biannual Etiquette Luncheon for Young Males

Indianapolis - Etiquette, manners, and the art of dealing with life's many situations are just some of the lessons that 85 young men will be learning during a one-day luncheon on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 11:30-2:30pm at the Indianapolis Public Library's Central Library location at 40 East St. Clair Street. The luncheon is just part of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County Reclaiming the Village programming.

Reclaiming the Village began in 2001 and provides young males with knowledge, skills and opportunities to grow through weekly activities based on "The Seven Life Principles." These principles include: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The program has served over 1,600 young men.

"This event is geared toward teaching the young men, the art of dining etiquette, shivery and the overall concept of carrying oneself as a man," said Ron Jackson, Reclaiming the Village Coordinator. For many of the program participants, dressing up and going out to dinner can be intimidating. Many have never had the opportunity to experience this. "We wanted to expose them to something bigger and to look beyond their current circumstances," said Jackson.

COMPASS USA will provide a full, four-course meal. During this time, John A. Scott of the Etiquette and Leadership Institute of Indiana will instruct the attendees on the fine points of etiquette and dining.

The Etiquette and Leadership Institute of Indiana believes that our classes provide students of all ages the foundation to succeed in school, help obtain self-esteem, self-confidence, land their first job, strengthen their personal relationships and ultimately prepare them for the next phase of their life which is going to college or into the workforce.

Reclaiming the Village's inaugural luncheon held in 2010 proved to be a success as the young men in attendance were captivated and beamed with excitement at the ideal of wearing a shirt and tie and participating in a formal four course meal. Organizers believe this year's event will have an even greater impact than the first.

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