Surrounded by negativity, local boys are desperate for role models

Surrounded by negativity, local boys are desperate for role models

Many young men in Memphis are desperate for positive role models, but they are surrounded by bad influences.

“Guys (are) driving down the street shooting,” a mom told FOX13 when we asked what kids see in some neighborhoods.

Today’s kids want to learn, but that isn’t always a good thing. It really depends on who is influencing a given child.

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Whether it’s a teacher, coach, pastor, rapper or gangster – they can all have an impact on the lives of children.

Mentoring works to help steer kids in the right direction, and we saw proof from a number of cases. Their stories inspire hope, but there is still a problem.

Not everyone can have a mentor, and there are kids stuck waiting. Without the helping hand to guide them, children can become vulnerable to gangs who are seemingly recruiting young men at an alarmingly high rate.