December 29, 2013 by admin
Durham, NC -- On Monday, December 9th, 2013, several hundred people from all corners of the Research Triangle Region converged on the Bay 7 of the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC to celebrate the past, present and future of regional leadership.
The Leadership Triangle Awards Gala, formerly called the Goodmon Awards, named after James F. Goodmon, CEO of Capitol Broadcasting and chair emeritus of Leadership Triangle, recognizes regional leaders who have made major contributions to the success of the Research Triangle Region in five categories; Community Service, Economic Development, Arts/Entertainment/Sports, Goodmon Fellow (Leadership Triangle Alumni) and Strategic Partnership. In addition, one regional leader is inducted into the Leadership Triangle Hall of Fame, in recognition of their leadership legacy.
Atrayus Goode received the 2013 Goodmon Fellow Award for modeling the spirit and practices of dedicated leadership through his devotion to the organization Movement of Youth (MOY), a comprehensive educational and mentoring program built to expand opportunities for diverse middle and high school students. Last program year, under Mr. Goode’s leadership, MOY impacted 200 students (96% students of color) from 26 different schools across 4 counties. 80% of students maintained a 2.75 GPA (B- Average or above). 100% of seniors graduated from high school. 100% of eligible students enrolled in at least one honors-level course. 100% of students had satisfactory school behavior (no suspensions) and all of them visited at least one college campus before graduating. Schools visited have included Wake Forest University, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MOY celebrated the graduation of seven (7) seniors last program year who all went on to pursue higher education. Most importantly, 100% of the students had increased awareness of the importance of academics, good decision making, and service.
At 28, Mr. Goode is a rare, young leader. He is the youngest to earn the Goodmon Fellow Award, one that is reserved solely for graduates of Leadership Triangle programs, by modeling the type of leader the program wants to develop in the Triangle area.
This evening of recognition and celebration was a fundraiser for Leadership Triangle, a 21-year old organization that has developed over 600 regional leaders. Leadership Triangle is a non-profit organization established in 1992 to educate and promote regionalism across the separate communities of the Triangle. It does this through regional and leadership development classes, seminars and awards. Learn more at www.leadershiptriangle.com.