|The Grand Polemarch's Mentorship Message|
Our youth need us. Statistically, young boys of color make up the largest demographic of children who go without a mentor. Consequently, the impact is felt in the disparities of education and in the criminal justice system that we all know too well. These are stark examples of what can happen to young men when there is no father and no positive men in their lives. Even our young boys who are achieving may not be getting all of the advisement needed to realize the full potential of their gifts and talents without the guiding hands of others like you and I. Fact of the matter is, we are needed in the lives of our young boys and men.
So what can we do Brothers? First, lend your voice to the #WhyKappasMentor campaign and help bring awareness to the impact that men can have on young boys. Second, volunteer your time to your chapters Guide Right and/or Kappa League program. Third, consider volunteering with Cares Mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters or the local mentoring program in your area. Lastly, and this should be a priority for us all, every older Brother should be mentoring a younger undergraduate Brother from the chapter they came from or the chapter they supervise. Our young college men need us to help “train for leadership” and achievement just like anyone else.
Brothers, you may be asking why should you get involved? You may cite financial or time restrictions for mentoring. As you think about that consider this. Who helped you get to where you are today? Who took the time out to guide you? To mentor you? The fact is each and every one of us reading this letter, that have ACHIEVED in our fields of human endeavor, did not do so alone. We had help. We had support from someone that thought we were worth their time. We had a mentor. Therefore is it only right that we give of ourselves as someone has given onto us? I think so.
In this month as you think about who you will thank for being a mentor to you. Think about the people who will one day thank you for being a mentor to them.