In a recent edition of the New Haven Independent, attorney Yusef Poole offers a stirring call to action for responsible men to mentor children of fathers who abandoned them. I wanted to share a couple of quote that hit home to me in his essay.
A known proverb is that the wise learn from the mistakes of others. Sadly, some urban youth do not have that luxury, and grow to learn as products of poverty and the streets. They learn how to be men and women by a contradictory notion of trial and error that is stacked against them. Their curious nature is converted into street smarts. And without access to a worthy and willing role model to guide, govern and guard them, that intelligence in males searching to be loved (and in young ladies looking for love in all the wrong places) can so easily be used to repeat a vicious cycle of failing fathers.
It is important to offer a solution that would end such a destructive cycle. A solution, simple as it may be, is seen in volunteerism through educational and social enrichment programs. Unfortunately, our society is widely more concerned with personal success and material gain than with the absolute protection of future generations − our young people.
You can read Yusef's entire essay and enjoy his insight and call to arms for men to help fatherless kids.
More on Mentoring Fatherless Children:
- Finding positive male role models for children
- Keys for being a successful mentor for children
- Four key promises of great fathers (and mentors)