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Young Men Without Fathers

In our culture there is a serious lack of elders.  In the United States alone, there are over 25 million youth growing up fatherless.  Countless statistics tell us that children from fatherless homes are more likely to drop out of school, become teenage parents, join gangs and experiment with drugs.

When fathers willfully abandon a generation, it leaves millions of boys lost.  When a father leaves, not for war or courage or self sacrifice, but for convenience and self-interest it shakes the village.  Boys are stuck trying to sort out the echo stirring by themselves.

Our Mission

The mission of The Encouragement-Wired Foundation for Young Men Without Fathers is to share, teach and demonstrate the principles of manhood to young men, enabling them to achieve their dreams and become men who are strong in faith, confident in who they are, humble, responsible and productive.

Goals of the Program

The goal of Young Men Without Fathers is to break the misguided traits of manhood and introduce role models who provide examples of manhood.

The aim of the Encouragement-Wired Foundation is to instill the following principles in the boys who take part in our programs:

  • Integrity         
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Commitment
  • Patience
  • Discipline
  • Service
  • Courage
  • Accountability

What is Mentoring?

  • A Matter of Trust
  • A structured and trusting relationship that brings young men together with caring and accountable individuals who offer guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing the young person's competence, self-esteem and character.

Why is Mentoring Important?

Sobering statistics are real.  At-risk children and adolescents desperately need guidance and mentors to reverse these trends:

Statistics show that:

  • Of all the African American and other under-privileged fourth graders, 58% are functionally illiterate
  • 85% of African American and other minority children are reading below grade point level
  • In many states, 80% of Mexican and African American boys drop out of high school before graduating
  • Every day 1,000 minority and disenfranchised children are arrested

Boys raised in low-income, single mother households:

  • Are 9 times more likely to drop out of school
  • Are 20 times more likely to go to jail
  • Are 20 times more likely to have behavioral problems
  • Are 10 times more likely to abuse substances

Children aspire to be what they see.

"To me, being a man means being kind, generous, and a good provider.  The most important part of being a man is being strong of character. Having the self-confidence to handle any situation you face, whether you live in the city and face traffic, congestion and crowds, or you live in remote areas with wild animals and inclement weather.  And it's a quiet self-confidence.  A strong, self-confident man doesn't announce his strength to the world.  He leads by example.  He's the guy who steps up and takes charge when a challenge is faced, and then quietly fades into the background when the issue is resolved."

"To see a man beaten not by a better opponent, but by himself, is a tragedy." - Constantine "Cus" D'Amato

The message is clear:  Hope matters.  Hope is a choice.  Hope can be learned.  Hope is contagious.

John Sowers, author of The Heroic Path has said, "This generation has been wounded the most in relationships - it is in relationships where the healing must begin." We believe that mentoring is the way to change the fatherless story.

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