This blog is available for persons involved with Project MALE to share information, best practices, words of encouragement, etc. before, during, and after the Pilot Program.
I was very pleased with today's outcome, and looking forward to the next meeting. I did not have a mentor in my life growing up and with the world moving so fast today it is very important that our youth have a person who can help make a difference in their lives, and show them how to become MEN of DISTiNCTION
Frank, thank you for your comments and for volunteering. We're glad you're looking forward to Session 2 on March 29th.
My interest in mentoring with Project MALE stems from reciprocation. I grew up in a predominately male household/environment with a father who was very active in our lives and activities. He was not only my father but he was my mentor as well. We were alike, but different yet he encouraged all of us to be men of God, honest, respetful of our elders and to be the best (citizens) that we could possibly be. He always said he wanted better for us than he had and he always encouraged us to engage in honest work and persue our talents and dreams.
I want to be there for the little guys that need to experience at least a smidgen of that kind of foundation and direction. Boys need to know and appreciate that there is someone who cares for and about them, that looks like them, that understands them and their issues. They need to know that there is someone who listens to them and corrects them without judging them, and that there are men who not only challenge them but support them.
One day, they will have to lead others in the same positive direction and it will be a lot easier having been led up that path themselves than not. I can not pay back... but I can give back.
Dr. Ryan Thornton.