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Session Prep (December 15-16, 2023)


We are looking forward to seeing you this Friday and Saturday!   


Legal Awareness Session is on Friday, December 15 at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse (832 E. 4th Street Charlotte, NC 28202) - you should have received an emailed letter that you can provide to your  school for an excused absence for this out of the classroom learning experience.  We will be at the courthouse and Uptown from 9 am - 3 pm.  Please plan to arrive by 8:30 am at the courthouse (there is a drop-off point on 4th Street) and pick-up by 3:15 pm at the same location. 

Attire:  Blue Blazer, Khaki Pants, Blue Oxford Dress Shirt, Bowtie, and Black Dress Shoes.


The civil mock trial will be held during our time at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.  Please read and review your assigned roles which were included on the front page of the case provided to you during the November session.  



ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAB: Saturday, December 16 at Johnson C. Smith University Tech Building from 12 -3 pm. 

Please plan to arrive by 11:45 am.   

Lunch and snacks will be provided.


LOCATION:  Johnson C. Smith University (STEM Building, Truist Auditorium and Atrium)

                      100 Beatties Ford Road Charlotte, NC 28216

  • Purpose:  In preparation for the Small Business Pitch Competition, the Thornhill Rites of Passage Foundation will launch its inaugural Entrepreneurship Lab to facilitate young men flushing out their business ideas, rotating through a number of stations with coaching and guidance from industry professionals, and increasing knowledge sharing and collaboration amongst their peers.  Our intended outcome is that the young men will be better prepared for the competition and have the confidence needed as they take the main stage.

  • Preparation: Using the attached PowerPoint template as a guide (this has been updated to align with competition guidelines and judges rubric), you should come to the Entrepreneurship Lab with a draft of your presentation.  This presentation will be used to receive mentor feedback at each of the stations.  You will also deliver and get feedback on your verbal pitch, so continue to practice.

Stations:  Young men will rotate through each of the six stations where there will be a mentor, an assigned topic to review, and an IPAD that can be used to research additional information.

o   Station #1 – Business Idea

o   Station #2 – Target Audience, Competition & My Product or Service 

o   Station #3 – Amount of Money Needed 

o   Station #4 – Cost of Product or Service

o   Station #5 – Technology Requirements for My Business 

o   Station #6 – Communication – Deliver Your Pitch


If you are planning to attend the Firearm Safety activity, please let us know by Thursday, December 14th.  The activity will be at Watchdog Tactical and Eagle Gun Range.


  • Young men will board a van and depart from JCSU as a group for activity from 3:30- 7:00 pm. 

  • Location:  Watchdog Tactical (10430 Harris Oaks Blvd, Suite H Charlotte, NC 28269 (classroom instruction)

  • Gun Range:  Eagle Gun Range (3789 Roberta Church Road, Concord, NC 28027)

  • Attire:  TROPF hoodie, athletic pants and sneakers. 

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