Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Mentoring Matters

On the Oprah Winfrey Show, Susan L. Taylor announced a call to recruit 1 million mentors for vulnerable youth. Why is this significant? Consider the following:

2.4 million Black children have an incarcerated parent
Source: All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated

In some areas, fewer than 20% of Black males are graduating from high school
Source: Public Education and the Black Male student, a report by

Schott Foundation for Public Education
60% of Black fourth-graders did not score at the basic achievement level on national reading tests in 2005
Source: 2005 National Assessment of Education Programs

We must act now to mend the brokenness is spreading across this country.

For information about the Center for Community Development’s Steps to Manhood Mentoring Program, go to