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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Young males in trouble

We are failing our young men, argues podcaster Allie Beth Stuckey.

That’s the one commonality in the vast majority of mass shootings. It’s not race or ideology. They’re young males. We are doing absolutely everything wrong when it comes to promoting healthy masculinity, purpose, & goodness for these boys and men. If we really cared, we would be doing EVERYTHING we can to promote fatherhood, hard work, & honor. We’d be getting these boys off the internet and into hobbies and jobs and communities where they can channel their strength. We’d be desperately pushing them toward meaning.

Hard to do of course.

Bekah McNeel writes on The 74 about a program in Austin, Texas schools to help troubled teenage boys.

After more than a year of remote learning, many more boys were talking about suicide and acting out, says Roxie Frederick, a counselor at the district’s Alternative Learning Center

She often connects boys with Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success), a mentoring program primarily for Black and Latino young men, writes McNeel. There are groups at 13 campuses in Austin.

Mentors, who are University of Texas students, try to help boys talk about their emotions and “practice both asking for and offering support to each other.”

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