How to Mentor an African American Male-Combat the Absent Father Syndrome

Written by admin   // January 13, 2011   // 0 Comments

by D.R. Wilson–Story courtesy of eHow

According to the US Justice Department 10.4% of the entire African-American male population in the United States aged 25 to 29 is incarcerated.

Sadly, 32% of black children are plagued by poverty, 42.8% graduated from high school in 2001, and academic achievement begins to decline in elementary school.

It is safe to say that African American males NEED role models. Many young men are lucky to have an attentive, loving, and reliable father. What about the boys without fathers?

Imagine the difference you can make in the life of a young man. Many men are running away from their sons due to immaturity, low-self esteem, and sloth. I challenge you to extend a lifeline to a young man in need of a father.


1 Think of your childhood. Was your father absent or present? How did he influence you? What can you offer to a child in need?

2 Locate a child in need. The local community center, school, church, or street corner will reveal who needs your assistance. Take the first step and offer a helping hand. If a formal mentorship program is not in place-start a program.

3 Network with other men of standard. Ask friends and family to join you in your efforts. Contact local groups and offer your services. Organize activities, seminars, and events to inspire and encourage the mentees.

4 Make a difference. You have what it takes to impact the life of a young man in need. Pour into the empty vessel. Teach him how to be a man. Watch God do amazing things with the seed that you have planted!

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