Steve Harvey knows raising young men is hard, but he wants to help by expanding his mentorship program.
The comedian and love guru announced that he’ll help teach more boys how to be men by doing mentorship camps in 10 cities across the U.S. The whole thing will kick off in Dallas with Steve’s 2nd Annual Father’s Day Mentoring Weekend. From there he plans to hit stops such as New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington D.C.
In an age when the number of Black families headed by a single parent is on the rise, and about 42 percent of Black women aren’t married, one has to wonder what happened to the men in our community. During ABC’s recent segment, “Why Are There So Many Single Black Females?” Steve said his generation generally failed their sons by not teaching them how to be men.
These mentorship camps would be an attempt to pick up the slack and groom a new generation of gentlemen. “When you teach the principles of manhood, you will produce a better man, “Steve said in a press release, “because a boy without a male role model is like an explorer without a map.”
The funnyman aims to host 100 young men and their mothers for each session. And he’s pushing himself to the limit to support that goal as he’ll pedal his recumbent bike during radio broadcasts to raise the $1 million needed to support that vision.
Spots at the camp are open to boys between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, who are raised by a single mom. The young men should also be enrolled in grades 8-11. Ladies interested in enrolling their little guys in the program can apply at SteveHarvey.com. Registration closes on March 31.
– Sonya Eskridge