Mentoring: A Social Investment in Boys (Video)

Power of mentoring

Chris Emdin and Edmund Adjapong share about the power of mentorship and how a personal commitment in a boy’s future can make a difference in his life.

Dear American Men: We Need a Plan to Teach Boys How to be Good Men

Dear American Men

Matthew Branch has a call to action for American men: Offer boys the opportunity to witness you demonstrating the qualities of a gentlemen, the duties of a good father, and a man’s responsibilities to his community.

Where Men are Needed and Fathers are Few

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Almost half of children in the United States don’t know what a father even is, Jose Aviles is looking to change that from the inside out.

Son Aims to Fill Father’s Grammy-Award Winning Shoes

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Thamsanqa Shabalala is bravely becoming the face of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a renowned South African a cappella singing group.

In Mentorship, Collaborative Self-Discovery is Key

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Zachary Hawkins knows that “the importance of mentorship in helping shift the future course of our most precious resources is greater than ever.”

Mentoring Begins at Home


Michael Taylor Urges: “Now is the time to begin mentoring our young.”

Mentors Needed: Super Heroes Need Not Apply

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Kenneth Braswell asserts: “You don’t need to be a Superhero to mentor children.”

A Mentor on a Mission to Embrace, Impact and Encourage

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Keith Brown knows the power of mentoring, so when he recognized the need for more black male mentors in his community he stepped on to center stage to play the role of a lifetime.

I Just Realized My First Boss was My First Mentor

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It wasn’t until I started telling my mentee the things my boss told me, that I realized how influential my first employer was.

How My Final Suicide Attempt Attracted My First Mentor

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Six years ago today Chicago native Richard Taylor was recovering from a suicide attempt, today he’s a best-selling author and a mentor to countless youth. If you ask him how he did it, he’ll tell you: Mentoring works!

You Are a Role Model. Reluctancy Doesn’t Change That.


We are examples for others, whether we want to be or not. We influence the development of those around us. Let’s embrace this rather than live in the fantasy that it doesn’t exist.

A Speechless Conversation Between Mentor and Mentee


I had no words, he had no words; we just had sighs and long periods of silence when we learned of a 16 year-old black boy in Philadelphia sexually assaulted during a stop-and-frisk.

Mentor of Chicago Girl Who Died After Performing for Obama Speaks Out


Richard Taylor used to feel as if he failed Hadiya Pendleton, because as her mentor he couldn’t stop the bullet. Now he realizes he failed the young killers.

One Man Reflects on the Role Mentoring Had on His Life

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They didn’t call it mentoring back when Bruce “Pop-Pop” Johnson, III, was growing up, but that didn’t stop him from benefiting from the culture that was created.

Brutal Honesty: How Being Tormented Made Me a Mentor

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All Joshua Rivers wanted was validation from a male elder. What he got was that and whole lot more.

You Don’t Have to be Perfect to be a Mentor

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Attempting to become a better person, I’ve introduced several new practices into my life; the most impactful of them all thus far has been being a mentor.