Mentorship of black boys: A goal of the Old North State Medical Society. Amazing programs in effect!
Every year, almost as many black males are killed in Oakland, California, as graduate high school ready for college. But the country’s first public school program developed specifically for African American males is changing that equation.
“When I was a boy, nearly every man in my neighborhood was a mentor. They made sure we stayed out of trouble. They made sure we were behaving ourselves, and they made sure we were safe and taken care of. All a child needs to flourish is for someone to teach the, take care of them and look out for them. I encourage anyone who is reading this article to become a mentor to a child, and a donor to a mentoring program. Do it today, because there is a child out there that needs you.”
Matt Drayton, Author of Succeeding While Black: A Blueprint for Success.
We are in a war.
Though unwilling participants, black people have been fighting for survival since the first ship hit the shores. Though that story is now being challenged.
Therefore, practicing meaningful mentorship means you must acknowledge reality, no matter what that turns out to be, and then you must try to rescue those whose disadvantaged backgrounds causes them to face a fate of not realizing their potentials. If you haven’t seen it, heard it, or even thought about the principles of success, then its difficult to make it in this demanding world.
The most difficult part about structuring a program that will work for these children is gaining their attention. Not only that, you must learn how to keep them interested. This means a mentor who understands what at-risk-boys actually face, even in hostile classrooms, equips you with a sense of reality indispensable to forming a true commitment. What I mean by this is idealism can’t quickly wear away when those you want to help vehemently resist that aid. It is the enemy within, and the enemy without, it is society and the home, it is the lack of mentors and parental apathy that ultimately conspire against these children, assuring that countless young boys will miss the mark, end up dead, in prison, or unemployed, strapped with no discernible skills.
This is particularly true for those lacking educated parents, or those who are living in single-mother-homes. Worse, dwelling with parents who cannot or do not read fosters an environment of TV watching and boredom. In addition, many black boys undergo mental or physical abuse in school, or in the home, guaranteeing low self-esteem. Finally, rampant malnutrition due to poverty deprives children from developing minds that can learn.
Amazing Programs That Are Working!
1. One ongoing program is the The Minority Male Mentoring Program (3MP), a student coaching program designed to support the educational and professional aspirations of minority male students enrolled in North Carolina community colleges. The North Carolina Community college System’s (NCCCS) 3MP was established in the fall of 2003 using 6 pilot programs. The goals of the program are higher persistence, graduation and/or transfer rates.
2. Steve Harvey’s Mentoring Camp Mr. Harvey’s program works wonders in the lives of thousands of fatherless boys, but these children also need continuous exposure to people who reinforce the principals of success he gives them. They need continuous exposure to people and groups who care enough to invest their time to show them the way. In our case, that way is medicine.
3. Teacher creates “Gentleman’s Club” to teach life lessons to boys. Raymond Nelson, a counselor in South Carolina, has been doing his part, to intervene in the lives of elementary school boys from disadvantaged backgrounds, and teaches young boys manners and good breeding. He has changed the name of his organization from “The Gentleman’s Club”, probably due to what a google searches yield, using that phrase. This program needs to be national.
4. Umar Johnson an outspoken, but honest, national school psychologist, principal, and direct descendant of Frederick Douglass, who, with a comprehensive vision and plan to save black boys, speaks about, “The war against black boys” in the educational system. A must watch.
He references the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 – DSM- but shares the hidden conspiracy, with parents across the country and the globe, erected to make sure that their kids fail. Every physician should be aware of the admonishments he delineates in order to know what these black boys are facing, and in order to help parents understand the same. It’s the school to prison pipeline. Also see the book, Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools.
Lecture by Umar Johnson in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
5. Black Boys Define Black Manhood- Black Male Mentors Take Center Stage to Share, Inspire and Empower.
6. LONDON MAYOR LAUNCHES BLACK BOYS MENTORING SCHEME
7. 100 black men, Inc. – mentorship programs.
The 100 mentors youth through a worldwide network of chapters – Across the United States and Internationally, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and 100 Black Men International are positively impacting the lives of tomorrow’s leaders through the 100’s signature programs such as Mentoring the 100 Way and Collegiate 100®. Chapters also deliver unique, innovative mentoring initiatives that are locally relevant and that change the lives of tens of thousands of youth annually.
Mentoring the 100 Way® – A holistic mentoring program that addresses the social, emotional and cultural needs of children ages 8-18. Members of the 100 are trained and certified to become mentors, advocates, and role models for the youth within their communities. Through chapter operated one-on-one and group mentoring efforts, our members forge relationships that positively impact our greatest resource: our youth. The program focuses on building essential skills needed to become productive, contributing citizens. source
8. Men at Work African American Male Mentor Group: Power of Collaboration Award
9. “Saving Black Boys” – O.K. National Mentoring Program
Donald Northcross gives insight on the newly planted mentoring program, headquartered in Oakland, CA. Their mission is save the lives of our young black boys, by mentoring, caring, and showing love.
10. Sports, Fame, & Fornication by Forerunner777
Former WNBA draft pick and Greece’s CURRENT #1 female point guard Camille LeNoir speaks on the evils of Pro Sports and escaping Homosexuality!
11. Countering the conspiracy to destroy black boys (full session) – Jawanza Kunjufu
Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu provides advice for parents, educators, community, and church members is provided in this guide for ensuring that African American boys grow up to be strong, committed, and responsible African American men. This video answers such questions as
Why are there more black boys in remedial and special education classes than girls?
Why are more girls on the honor roll?
When do African American boys see a positive black male role model?
Is the future of black boys in the hands of their mothers and white female teachers?
and When does a boy become a man?
The significance of rite of passage activities, including mentoring, male bonding, and spirituality, are all described.
12. In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system,
starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
14. AAMC Report Examines How to Increase the Pipeline of Black Men Entering Medical School FREE
“Anthony Kulukulualani knew from age 11 years that he wanted to become a physician. Even though he received support and encouragement from his family, the road to medical school was tough at times, he said, especially as an African American man from a lower socioeconomic background who did not have anyone to coach him on preparing for medical school.
“The majority of my journey to medical school was self-discovery. I intuitively guessed at what courses to take and also pursued the advanced-level versions when possible,” recalled Kulukulualani, now in his third year at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also president of the Student National Medical Association.
“Kulukulualani said his journey became easier after he participated in 2 summer enrichment programs for premed students from underrepresented demographic groups. In the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, he participated in research and attended medical lectures, as well as presentations by minority physicians. At the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine’s Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program, he assisted with biomedical research and attended medical school admissions preparation workshops. more. Julie A. Jacob, MA- JAMA. 2015;314(21):2222-2224. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12005.