The Bates Middle School male mentoring group “Bates Men of Purpose” participated in the 2016 Fatherhood & Male Achievement Conference on Saturday 10 Sept 2016 in Columbia South Carolina.  Mr. Jermaine White/6th grade Science teacher and Mr. Mark Gillard/Career Specialist and Bates Men of Purpose advisor along with several students from Bates benefited from several workshops designed to help young men face some of the the challenges of life.  They attended sessions addressing issues such as:  Soft-skills, Major Keys to Success, and How to Get to the next Level: as a student and athlete. The event was sponsored by the Global Partners for Fathers and Families.