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Mentoring – This Is Why We Do What We Do… And We All Ought to Do More

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A few weeks ago I ran this photo of me and some of the guys at our mentoring group at Mount Zion Baptist Church, my church home in Seattle.

We’ve established a wonderful mentoring group for a lot of our young boys/men who really could benefit from the impact of having a positive male role model (especially African-American male) in their lives. Granted, these young men have good positive homes to go home to for the most part, but nothing can replace the influence of positive,  upstanding, career oriented and educated men mentoring to young boys, who will soon become men themselves.

James and Mentoring Program at Mount Zion Baptist Church - 2013

Here are some statistics that I recently came about pertaining to youth from fatherless home (both boys and girls) from fatherless homes:

– 63% of our youth suicides today come from fatherless homes

– 75% of patients in drug rehab places come from fatherless homes

– youth are five times more likely to commit suicide coming from fatherless homes

– youth are 32 times more likely to run away from fatherless homes

– youth are 20 times more likely to have behavior disorders coming from fatherless homes

– youth are 14 times more likely to commit rape that come from fatherless homes

– youth are nine times more likely to drop out of school who come from fatherless homes

– youth are 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances who come from fatherless homes

– youth are nine times more likely to end up in a state operated institution (jail/prison, etc.) who come from fatherless homes

 
That my friends is why we do what we do, and we all need to pitch in and do a little bit more.  With Miley Cyrus out there “twerking” her little behind off and giving our young girls something to emulate (in order to get attention) and our young boys something to salivate over, this is where we’re heading if we all don’t take up the mantra of “each one teach one, each one reach one”.youth are 20 times more likely to end up in prison who come from fatherless homes

I’ve always enjoyed my work that I do with the youth and a variety of capacities, and even though there are no guarantees they’ll turn out to be responsible citizens, hopefully, “as the person walking along the seashore throwing in an individual starfish every couple of steps back into the ocean, even when there are thousands of other starfish that he/she will never reach, it makes a difference to the ones that we do reach”.

Keep up the great work my friends/mentors all around the country, and we’ll make a big difference in a positive way for the youth of today, who will be our leaders for tomorrow.

James Donaldson
Author of Standing Above the Crowd

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