In today's Detroit Free Press, Jack Kresnak's story about the shortage of male mentors in Michigan should be the banner story. The story reports on a study that took a census of mentoring programs in the state, including who the mentors were, along with details about their involvement with their mentees. The numbers are shocking.
This is an issue that needs to be discussed at the top policy-making levels of state government. Kids need role models and for too many they just aren't there.
Churches need to take up the challenge. It's more than a feel good project. Letting somebody know that you care provides hope and hope moves you closer to positive change. You don't need big government to get that job done. You just need people who care.