Words by Kimatni Rawlins
Mentoring young black men is so fulfilling. Well, I mentor boys, girls, young men and young women from all ethnicities but special attention needs to be diverted to the black community. So I make it an “intention” to carve out time with my boys from the Paint Branch High School football team in Silver Spring, MD. This weekend was no different as I scooped up Amede, Garvin and Alfonse and headed to Great Falls Park to hike within the environs of Mother Nature. At 17 and headed to college, guidance in today’s America is far too important for each of them. From cultural awareness and police interaction to respecting women and learning about plant-based nutrition for their sports careers, the conversations are always educational. And being that I’m an active 45-year old Fit Father there is nothing they can do that I can’t do physically. Especially running! Most times I’m leading the pack since a healthy and fit lifestyle is what I’m known for. So I encourage more father figures, role models and potential mentors to step up to the plate and help our young men as often and consistently as possible. They need us!
“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair Broken MEN” – FREDRICK DOUGLASS