"It might be old-fashioned, but I grew up with a very strong feeling that if you're fortunate enough to have success, that you put something back. And that comes from a Native American concept where you take something from the land, you put something back. You replace. It’s replenishment. I think that's the concept here. It feels very good. It feels very comfortable for me. And it's born fruit." [Robert Redford, on mentoring]
There's a quiet epidemic taking place—It involves our sons and our brothers. Adolescent boys today are in crisis. They are struggling in school, and they are falling through the cracks in society in general. They are being desensitized by the disconnection of hours spent playing video games, and their sexuality is being completely warped by the easy access to a proliferation of online pornography. I'm joining the "call to action", and I encourage you to open a dialogue with other men in your life to encourage them to mentor the young men in our communities. Lost, confused, and hurt boys grow up to become lost, confused, and hurt men. We can make a difference.
Here's a couple of links to get you started:
Esquire Magazine's Mentorship Project
Breathe Through This article on Men