According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 25 million children live apart from their biological fathers. Worse, nearly two in three (65%) of Black children live in fatherless homes, and almost 80% of those children can expect to live at least a part of their childhood living apart from their fathers or a significant male figure in their lives.
A Lack of Love and Resources
Lacking the presence of a strong, positive Black male in their lives, Young Black Men (YBM) show signs of succumbing to the pressures of street culture, violence, drug use, and misogyny.
These YBM are literally dying physically and emotionally every day from lack of love and resources.
They have not learned the basic fundamentals of manhood, and instead are trapped in the destructive and unproductive state of “boyhood,” or even worse, “malehood.”
Most of these Young Black Men have no real sense of who they are, what good they are capable of, and the tremendous obligation they have to maximize their every opportunity.
Many of these young men have never had an opportunity to learn about their unique history, accomplishments, and potential from strong Black male role models who are capable of teaching and guiding them by example and shared discourse.
This is why so many YBM’s become distraught, angry and empty young men who have lost hope in self-improvement or social mobility by acquiring an education. Instead, they resort to criminal behavior or unrealistic belief in professional athletics.
As bad as the facts cited are and no matter how bleak the current situation is, we strongly agree with our colleague and friend, Susan L. Taylor, CEO and Founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Essence magazine. Susan writes:
“Reclaiming the lives of our children is a battle we can win. With the quality of their lives as the guiding factor in our choices—personal, political, financial and spiritually—we can create what is needed to move these soul-crushing statistics in the opposite direction.”
Reclaiming the lives of our children is a battle we can win. Will you help?
The MVP Fatherhood Weekend is designed to improve the bleak situation in Tulsa as it relates to low levels of committed fathers and the overall lack of positive male influence.
We do this by:
- Bringing together local funders of fatherhood initiatives with local fatherhood programs in Northeastern Oklahoma.
- Providing networking opportunity for fatherhood practitioners and stakeholders (parents, teachers, etc).
- Providing information, inspiration, and empowerment for Black males currently dealing with issues of fatherhood and manhood.
- Connecting resources and programming Black males need.
Ready to be part of the solution?
Your donation of any amount is welcome and will bring positive, lasting change to the lives of young men in Tulsa.
Join our mentorship program and share your life skills with young men who have no one else to look up to.
As a business owner or organizational leader, show the community you care by sponsoring the MVPs.