I Believe in Me hosts the annual “Mum and Me Prom” | Way of life
About 30 young men donned bespoke tuxedos on Saturday night, hopped in a limo with their mom and headed to the ball.
This was the fourth annual “Mommy and Me Prom” hosted by I Believe in Me, a local non-profit organization focused on the youth of Frederick.
Aje Hill, the group’s founder, said the event is filled with great food, music and dancing every year. But he also hopes it will take on more meaning for the participants.
“This event is about giving our young people – our young men – the respect they should have for their mothers,” he said.
They are taught to be on their best behavior, Hill said – by opening doors and pulling chairs for their mothers throughout the evening. It’s a goal that has personal meaning for Hill, who speaks openly about the three years he spent in prison on drug charges.
“It caused a lot of stress for my mom,” Hill said. “She’s the woman who loves me unconditionally, no matter what mistakes I’ve made. So now, at 40, I understand how magical she is. And it’s important that these young men understand the sacrifices, the things their mothers put aside so that they can be happy.
Domique Carter, who attended the prom with her 13-year-old son, Kahlil, said she has been looking forward to the event every year since it began in 2016.
Back then, Carter said, she was a single mom and Kahlil was struggling. When she found Hill and I Believe in Me, that changed.
“[Hill] plays a major role when it comes to my son, ”Carter said. “Often when I can’t reach him, Aje is definitely able to reach him.”
After getting dressed at Strong Tower Church and meeting their mothers, they rode a limo to Jerk N ‘Jive for dinner, dancing and an awards ceremony. Each mom received an award, Hill said.
Everyone at the prom is friends and neighbors, Carter said, giving the event a common feel.
“It’s an experience that they obviously haven’t had before, because they’re not of the age they reached high school,” Carter said. “They are really looking forward to it.”