A challenge has been placed on my heart for you. Especially after the unfortunate Derion Alberts attack, it hit a memory and a passion.
I’m challenging every Man to mentor at least one young man. If you have the privilege and the ability to read this someone(s) needs your help.
Too many males are being reared by single women who have no idea how to raise a man. It takes a good man to raise another good man. [emphasis on good]. Many men are no longer visible and present for one reason or another. Subsequently, these young men look to other not so positive spheres of influence to guide them such as the streets, the internet, and television etc.
Striving to reach higher heights without putting in the work, they resort to get-rich-quick schemes; stealing, dealing and reaching for unattainable goals. Another day another dollar and the saga continues with no hopes for tomorrow. Hopefully they escape the system.
The public school system has failed them. The streets have failed them. The media is failing them. It also takes a village to raise a child too. If we don’t do our part, we ["the village"] have failed them too...
If you're a MAN! -Physically mentor a young man who can benefit from your experience.
And if you're a lady reading this encourage a man to mentor atleast one young man.
men⋅tor [men-tawr, -ter]
1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
Believe in him. Motivate and encourage him. Connect and relate to them on a level that a female cannot. Establish a trusting relationship. Support his dreams.
Teach him. Teach him how to be a good man. Let him learn from your mistakes. Teach him how to respect himself. Teach him how to respect and treat women. Teach him humility and perseverance.
Lead him. Plant a seed in his life and lead by example. Show him how to be a God-fearing man that will be the head of his family, with morals and values. Lead and direct him to put God first.
Unteach him. Unteach him the ways of the dead beats, the addicts, the dealers, the convicts. Unteach him the idea of getting rich quick without effort and discipline. Unteach him the ways of the hot-tempered or easily angered, the lazy, and the prideful.
Remember him. Put it on your schedule and periodically schedule 1-1 mentoring sessions with him.
Do your part and give back. I challenge you. If you need one, I know where to find some young men. They need you! We need you!
“Because if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies.” –Tupac. (and hate themselves . . .)