2013-10-04 17:48:55 - Murvin Enders, President of 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc., has dedicated several years to improving outcomes for youth across the Indianapolis metro area through the various mentor-based education programs provided by 100 Black Men of Indianapolis. While he now is looking forward to moving into the life care senior living community The Barrington of Carmel with his wife Linda soon, his work helping the youth will continue.
He has worked in different roles for different companies and organizations from the Indianapolis Water Company to Chrysler, but perhaps the most important role he has filled has been a father figure and mentor to the youth across the Indianapolis area. Murvin Enders currently serves as the president of 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc. and devotes significant time and energy to this non-profit organization, which was founded in 1984 and whose core mission is to positively impact the development of youth in the surrounding communities through mentor-based education programs. Although retired and looking forward to relaxing with his supportive wife Linda at the life care senior living community The Barrington of Carmel, Enders’ work among youth seems to be
an on-going part of his life.
Enders has been involved with this group for several years and wasted no time becoming a resilient leader among the members. He helped raise funds to establish the position of executive director for their Indianapolis chapter and served in that position for seven years.
“I don’t do anything half way,” Enders said. “When I was approached by a member and originally invited to join this organization, I was truly honored. I became fully engaged in the programs we had already in the works and started helping initiate new programs and some new positions to help us better serve the youth who needed our help.”
Murvin and Linda have been married for 50 years. They’ve successfully raised three sons and now enjoy interactions with their seven grandchildren. Through this organization, Murvin has been a father figure and positive role model to countless other children in the area.
“It gives me great pleasure to watch him lead in this way,” described Linda. “All the time and effort he puts forth into this organization is amazing to me, and then to see the programs come to life and witness the positive effects on the participants – it’s a beautiful thing.”
The five mentor-based education programs offered locally by 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc. for a diverse group of youth include the African American History Challenge (for middle school and high school ages), Dollars & $ense Financial Literacy (for high school), Beautillion Militaire (for males grades 11-12), Team Mentoring (for males grades 5-6) and the Summer Academy (kindergarten – 8th grade). Each is geared toward specific age groups of both genders and serves several hundred students. The programs’ structure and relevance constantly are being evaluated to ensure the greatest results for the students based on current educational and societal needs of the community. Future program opportunities in the development stages include a focus on nutrition and fitness within elementary schools and the launching of a collegiate 100 chapter.
“Any success the organization has had is because of the work we all do together on behalf of the kids,” Enders remarks. “I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with great people in both support and leadership roles within the organization. We also have established some great partnerships along the way. We all understand the significance of reaching our young people at early stages and providing experiences for them to develop self-confidence and the skills to grow into responsible, productive members of society.”
Linda said that it is important for men like her husband and others in the “100” to be proactive in providing guidance for the youth in their communities.
“Setting the right examples in front of our young people today is crucial because I, too, firmly believe what they see is what they’ll be,” explained Linda. “We need to give them an opportunity to see what they can model and then inspire them to do so. It’s such a joy watching kids in these programs work through difficult personal situations and grow into mature and amazing young adults with bright futures ahead of them.”
At the end of his current presidential term in December 2014, Enders admits that he does not plan to run and serve in that role again. However, his efforts to make a difference in the lives of young people will continue. He is working with the current board, staff and members to set plans in motion that will ensure the sustainability of such a great organization.
Murvin and Linda look forward to their transition into The Barrington of Carmel, a life care senior living community currently under construction and set to open in November. Linda is anxious to meet more people, travel more often without the worry of leaving a home and visit her grandchildren more frequently. In short, Linda and Murvin are excited to simply “enjoy life” in retirement there together
“We are eager to welcome such remarkable individuals like Murvin and Linda who are genuinely interested in ways to improve our community and who are taking action to do so,” said Dana Shore, director of sales and marketing at The Barrington. “We hope to sponsor more events for this worthwhile organization like we did for their recent 100 Gala and Awards Dinner, and we’d love to discuss the possibility of helping Murvin recruit more mentors among other residents who have great advice and wisdom to impart to youth.”
About The Barrington of Carmel
Situated on a 19-acre campus on Guilford Road off 116th Street, The Barrington currently is under construction and will feature 134 maintenance-free, independent living apartment homes and embrace the wellness-minded attitude of today’s older adults. The community, scheduled to open in November 2013, is 75% pre-sold and will provide a variety of services and amenities, including fine dining, a bistro, fitness and wellness centers, creative arts studio, salon and spa, library, housekeeping, scheduled transportation and more.
The Barrington of Carmel is sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation. Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC) is a not-for-profit organization that sponsors and operates the life care communities of Edgemere (Dallas), Querencia at Barton Creek (Austin), The Buckingham (Houston), Mirador (Corpus Christi), and The Stayton at Museum Way (Fort Worth).
For more information about The Barrington of Carmel, visit www.TheBarringtonofCarmel.com.
For more information about SQLC, visit www.SQLC.org.