Church Calls For Male Mentors In Lansing

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

One church is working to make a difference after a week filled with gun violence involving teens.

"The youth that might be misguided will now see that they have help, they have the support, that we care, that we still love them and there's hope," said Anthony Roby the Youth Minister at Word of Life International

He's not alone. About a half dozen organizations are teaming up to find role models. That's because about one in five Michigan homes are headed by a single parent. It's a challenge nearly 700,000 families face--struggling without a second role model in the home.

"Taking them out once in a while, it's not about spending money on them, its about spending quality time and actually having those discussions with them," said Francine Francis Case manager, gateway

Francine Francis works with youth who come from troubled backgrounds. She says they aren't bad kids they just come from bad situations. All they need is guidance and someone to be proud of them.

"A mentor, that's kind of a term for a person that's basically involved in your life, so I don't really like to say mentor. I like to call them a friend," said Quan'Tarion Jackson an 18-year-old who has changed his life around thanks to positive influences.

Friendship and consistent support, changed Jackson's life.

He now has a job and is going to school. He hopes lots of folks will step up to the plate and become role models.

"We don't want to get men to come out just to come out and show face," said Roby. "We need men that are going to roll up their sleeves and actually get down with these kids."

The Meet and Mentor event is at Letts Community Center Thursday October 3 from 7-9 p.m.

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