Archive for April 28, 2010

Boys Without Male Mentors

Unfortunately in the community World Youth Movement serves, there is a lack of positive males for the boys to model their behavior after.  They are often expected to step up and take care of their family at a very young age, being thrown into a role that they have no idea how to fill and that they are not emotionally or intellectually ready for.  Some of the grown men that do reside in the community overexpose the boys to an environment of sex, drugs, and alcohol; the definition of a “man” becomes even more confused and blurry to the boys’ psyche.  When the boys first came and asked if they could have an empowerment group as well (Soul Sisters, the girl’s empowerment group had already been meeting),  they were asked to name one positive male in the community that could be contacted to run the group since it would be difficult for a woman to run a boys to men transition curriculum.  The boys spent two days thinking about it and came back with not one name.

The first week of Boy’s Group, I asked the following questions.  These are the responses  the boys gave verbatim:

1.)  What does it mean to be a man?

  • To take licks and keep getting up.
  • To stand up for your family.
  • To take care of your mom and your little sisters and brothers.
  • To work for your family.
  • Don’t back down.
  • Don’t be a fag.
  • Don’t be afraid of girls.
  • To kill.
  • To fight.
  • To mind your woman.
  • To make sure your woman never talks back to you.
  • To hit her in the mouth if she does.
  • To be serious.
  • To get cash.
  • To always be there for your mom.

2.)  Where did you learn how to be a man?

  • From my friends.
  • From my mom.
  • From the street.
  • From T.V.
  • From music.

3.)  Who do you look up to as a man?

  • Eminem
  • Drake
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Lebron James
  • Lil Wayne
  • T.I.
  • T-Pain

4.)  What is something you are good at?

  • Learning
  • Basketball
  • Football and art
  • Cooking and making chicken pens
  • Rapping
  • Making people laugh
  • Baseball
  • Fixing things
  • Minding children

5.)  What makes you happy?

  • Girls
  • Girls
  • Everything
  • Drinking
  • Girls
  • Clowning somebody
  • Girls

6.)  What stresses you out?

  • Being clowned
  • Man beating woman
  • When my momma has a problem
  • When my mom gets beat
  • When my gram is fretting about money
  • When my mom has problems
  • The end of a chicken fight when my chicken loses

7.)  What is something that you wish you could do?

  • Play on the basketball team
  • Read
  • Get a job
  • Get all the money I want
  • Fly
  • Be invisible
  • Fight

8.)  What is one word that describes you?

  • Smart
  • Funny
  • Good at sports
  • Strong
  • Rapper
  • Responsible
  • Angry

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