While walking down the hall at school, I witnessed the influence this male teacher had on a young boy student. The little boy said hello to the teacher, and gave him a hug. The teacher said hello, asked the child how he was doing and kept going to his destination. This little boy in his early years did exactly what the male teacher did as they were walking in the same direction. I realize the influence that a male role model has on a child, especially on our male children.
Why is this influence important?
Males have a great importance in our world, they are born to be leaders and special human beings that were made in Gods image. (Genesis 1:27) Males are raised to be head of a group of individuals. This is not to say females are not, but this article is exploring the positive effect that males have on growing boys.
Adult males can lead the way to their younger counterparts, on how to act in any given situation. If there is someone that looks like me, but is bigger than me may be the incentive for the child to respond in a favorable way. Our boys need more positive role models, especially in schools.
How can this issue be solved?
There are many ways to handle this dilemma. First of all there needs to be the realization that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Fathers of male children need to constantly feed their child with positive affirmations at home, and out in the world. Sometimes there is not the male figure at home. Seek outside sources, Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a great organization to assist young males as mentors. For older boys in the Norfolk area there is an organization called TWP. Teens With A Purpose offers many interesting opportunities for social engagement. Open Mic allows young males and females to use the mic to express themselves through poetry, and self expression. TWP has other exciting opportunities for our youth to explore (http://www.twpthemovement.org)
“Males as a whole need to lead by example.” If the adult male is in the influencing environment, for example at church, school, recreation center, or places where young minds are being charged, remember there is a child that has their eye on you. Make good decisions, you never know who’s life you might be influencing for the greater good. Stay Tuned!