Hearts and Minds

August 15, 2012

Xavier alumnus Gary Favors sought the best talent to create Hearts and Minds, a math, science, writing and leadership program for young African American males in grades 4, 5 and 6.  With the assistance of the City Gospel Mission and Janice Walker, dean at Xavier University, he launched the academic mentoring program. As a classroom teacher in the Cincinnati Public Schools, Favors knows the importance of the home/school relationship and created a program that engages both students and their parents.  


The program teaches through consultation and by addressing the all of a child’s needs. In reaching these boys early, the goal is to change their current landscape and offer them a view of the future which includes a college education.  


Cincinnati native and WLWT chief meteorologist Kevin Robinson uses his skills to engage the young boys in the fun of science.  He hopes to help them tap into their God-given talents and explore their callings.


To secure the future of this program takes an extensive fundraising effort.  If you are interested in helping secure the future of this program and wish to contribute to the mentoring fund, please contact Favors at gfavors@fuse.net or at 513-300-7823. For more information, see this recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer.


Favors graduated from Carson-Newman College with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, serving more than 12 years including a tour of duty in the Gulf War.  Upon returning, he received an MA in Teaching from Northern Kentucky University and an MEd in Administration from Xavier. He has been a Cincinnati Public School teacher for 17 years. 

Robinson graduated from Princeton High School.  He began as WLWT News 5's chief meteorologist in Jan. 2012. He graduated in 2001 from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast meteorology, and carries the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval. 

Walker was born in Meridian, Mississippi and raised in Florida. She received a BS degree from Tuskegee University, and an MS and PhD from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She is currently dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University.


Providing rigorous math and science content, higher order thinking and leadership skills to prepare students for success. Hearts and Minds promotes connections necessary to apply critical thinking skills to academic and moral decision making.