Rhode Island Monthly
July 17 2017
Gentlemen’s Retreat Prepares Young Men for College Life
Kenneth Chabert brings high schoolers from the Bronx to Rhode Island to explore local food and attractions.
Kenneth Chabert cuts a dashing figure. He wears a striped tie and gray blazer with a burgundy lapel flower as he sits with one foot — sporting a cognac leather shoe — resting on his knee, beaming a wide, welcoming smile. He is the definition of a success, running his own consulting business in Providence, but he wanted to do more for others.
Chabert started a nonprofit called the Gentlemen’s Retreat. It takes sixteen students like him — black and Hispanic young men from his alma mater, St. Raymond’s High School in Bronx, New York, who are on the path to college — and brings them to Providence. He teaches them about life in an academic setting by preparing them for the fact that they may not be academically ready. This is something he found out the hard way.
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Jim Langevin, US Representative, Rhode Island
July 25 2017
A letter to Gentlemen's Retreats participants (excerpt)
"The Gentlemen's Retreat is a tremendous opportunity to envision the steps along your future path. I am confident that you will take full advantage of this valuable experience and learn a great deal from the leaders, peers, and events that characterize the Gentlemen’s Retreat as a conduit for self-exploration and development. Intelligence in every form – academic, communicative, and otherwise – is crucial to both building a positive framework for one’s life and connecting with others in a meaningful way. I encourage you to use your time as Gentlemen’s Retreat participant to further propel yourselves towards the achievement of your aspirations for postsecondary education and beyond."
Member of Congress
Providence College News
April 18 2017
Helping gentlemen reach their potential: Kenneth Chabert ’10
A Martin Luther King Scholarship to PC provided an escape route to Kenneth Chabert ’10, who spent his teen years balancing survival in his Bronx neighborhood with his desire for an education. Now, Chabert has founded the Gentlemen’s Retreat, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide boys from urban communities with tools for self-sufficiency in high school, college, and beyond. In October, Chabert led a retreat in Rhode Island for 16 Bronx teenagers. They attended workshops, activities, and lectures by business leaders and educators, including Friars’ men’s basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley — the first step in a two-year program emphasizing emotional and conversational intelligence through storytelling.
The Rhode Show on WPRI
November 10 2016
Gentlemen's Retreat Aims to Help Inner-city Youth
Sixteen college-bound young men from New York’s inner city will have an opportunity to experience a series of workshops, lectures and activities all aimed at being a gentlemen during the inaugural Gentlemen’s Retreat (GR) November 11-13, 2016 in Providence, RI.
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STATE OF MIND ON WPRI
September 28, 2016
PVD Changemakers on State of Mind
Aiyah Josiah- Fadeuwor, Director of Operations at OIC of RI, and Kenneth Chabert and Storyteller, Collector, and Prezi Master join Dan Yorke State of Mind to discuss the launch of their project The Gentlemen's Retreat. The program aims to transform youth aspirations to be a "G" from a gangster to a gentleman.