Twenty-five young men will graduate Friday, June 23, 2017 as members of ELEVATE Leadership Academy's first class. The leadership and entrepreneurship program was hosted by Tim and Terrence Maiden, owners of RISE Clothing Company and the Two-Wins Foundation, on the UNT Dallas campus June 19-23, 2017.

During the one-week intensive academy, ELEVATE focused on helping young men in 10th and 11th grade develop into future business leaders and entrepreneurs. The students experienced campus life while learning leadership skills, business etiquettes and the college admission process.

The academy bases its curriculum on five core leadership skills necessary to become a successful leader: Challenge, Connectivity, Creativity, Communication and Confidence. These young men were expected to learn and incorporate these skills throughout their time at ELEVATE. 

Successful leaders from various industries, businesses, colleges and fraternal organizations served as mentors and group facilitators. Some of the guest speakers included:

  • Chris Dahlander, CEO of Snappy Salads
  • Stephen Howard, former NBA player and ESPN commentator
  • Matt Houston, Chairman of the Board for the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

On the fourth day of the program, students heard from local police officers including Duncanville's Police Chief Robert D. Brown, Jr.

CBS 11's Robbie Owens was there to witness the true difference the academy has made in the students' lives.

Watch Ms. Owens report in its entirety on CBS 11.

For more information on the ELEVATE program, visit www.inspiredtorise.com/elevate.    

About Tim and Terrence Maiden

Identical twin brothers, Terrence and Tim Maiden grew up in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. They both graduated from Carter High School.  At Carter, the Maiden brothers excelled on and off the football field, earning full scholarships to Texas Christian University (TCU).  Many would initially question the rationale for the Maiden brothers’ college choice, at a time when TCU’s football experienced a series of disappointing seasons. Throughout their years at TCU, both

Terrence and Tim played key roles in the resurgence of its football program becoming a nationally powerhouse, winning two conference championships and three bowl appearances.
 
After Maiden Brothers’ graduated from TCU, their career pursuits would take a similar, but much different path.  Tim entered the banking industry, launching his career with Frost Bank as an Analyst.  Today, Tim serves as Senior Vice President at Frost Bank.  Terrence elected commercial retail development as a career, joining The Woodmont Company a regional retail development company.  He would later manage development roll-out for Panera Bread and Panda Express for central United States, as Director of Real Estate.  Terrence  now serves as Executive Vice President at Corinth Properties, developing grocery anchored and regional retail shopping centers across the country.  Together, Terrence and Tim leads NEDIAM, a capital investment firm.  Its most noteworthy ventures have been Cedar Social, Panera Bread, RISE Clothing Co.

In 2005, Terrence and Tim co-founded Two-Wins Foundation.  Two-Wins Foundation is non-profit organization that seeks to enrich the quality of life within inner-city communities by seeking to strengthen the educational, family, and economical base in creative and sustainable ways. With Two-Wins Foundation, the Maidens has invested time and resources in various community projects and educational programs to make a difference.