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Sunday, 22 June 2008

Where have all the men gone

I have just been speaking with my friend JP, we often talk about the men in our society and where are they.

JP is doing a mentoring programme at the moment and there are only two men on the programme to support the young men of his area within Essex.

I often hear men complaining about our youth and why does the government not do something about their behaviour and we see on TV the results of their behaviour being acted out on our streets, what with knife crime etc.

And yet it is mostly women from all ethic backgrounds doing mentoring work I remember when I did it was mostly women but at that time there were more men. JP told me that the programme he is on said that the young men do not want to attend because they want male mentors.

So my challenge is this, our young men are crying out for good male role models so were are they why are we not stepping forward to help guide them, to show them right from wrong and to lead them by example.

I think its time we men started to behave like men and take up our rightful position we can not leave it all to the government etc.

There are of course men out there doing great work with our youth but I do believe we need a lot more.

If this has pushed any buttons for you then maybe it is worth taking a look at why if this has not pushed any buttons for you them maybe it is worth taking a look at why not.

With the best will in the world our young men need us, so come on guys step out and do it… you are more qualified than you know.

Best wishes


1 comment:

the genuine men project said...

There are great men who make great role models all around us - thank you for putting the call out. The Genuine Men Project believes that it is how a man meets his challenges and carries his experiences that make him a good role model. Role models come from all walks of life, and at all stages of life. We can all learn from the stories of men. Thank you for reminding us all that we should step up and mentor another, provide guidance, and support in ways that we are able and comfortable doing in our own lives. Check out the stories of these 35 men - Genuine Men Journies in Stories and Stills (Bridgeway, 2008)