Outreach program turns ‘Boys to Men’

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By Rebecca Roscoe

“Boys to Men” – an outreach program that seeks to place positive role models in the lives of young boys – will be introduced to the community Oct. 12.

Rev. Aaron L. Moss, pastor and program director at Lane Lincoln CME Church, said the program “began as a vision from God.”

“I met with the men at Lane Lincoln CME Church and they just embraced the idea.”

Moss said the purpose of “Boys to Men” is to provide positive figures and resources to ensure a smooth and God-centered transition from boyhood to manhood. It promotes personal responsibility, academic success, good citizenship, positive relationships and respect of women.

Boys who grow up in homes without positive male role models are more likely to become unsuccessful and lost individuals in their adult years, according to statistics Moss provided.

One set of data collected from the Statistics of Fatherless Children in America in 2004, stated, “Young men who grow up in homes without fathers are twice as likely to end up in jail as those who come from traditional two-parent families ... those boys whose fathers were absent from the household had double the odds of being incarcerated – even when other factors such as race, income, parent education and urban residence were held constant.”

“It’s our mission to transform them and the way they think. One of our goals is to help them develop a more righteous way of thinking,” said Moss.

The boys who participate will be encouraged to wear shirts and ties to promote a positive reflection of attitude.

“People and their attitudes are reflected in how they are dressed,” said Moss. “The way they dress can factor in to a lot of things in the real world, such as getting a job.”

The program is open to all boys ages 9 to 18.  

Those who wish to participate in the program should attend the orientation at 10 a.m. Oct. 12, at Lane Lincoln CME Church, 200 Tanner Road, Hodgenville. Parents are encouraged to attend the orientation.

Various topics and speakers will be introduced at each meeting.

For more information on the “Boys to Men” program, contact Rev. Moss at 270-358-9911.