Surrounded by “Low Risk” African American Male Volunteers
Lots of attention goes to “so-called” at-risk African American males. [I say “so-called” because we are all at some risk.] When they do positive things, like the students at Chicago’s Urban Prep High School who all graduate from high school and get accepted to college year after year, they receive high praise as if it’s never been done before and will never happen again. When they do negative things, they receive high profile criticism and questions from the public about what can be done.
On the other side of the radar is this really cool group of “so-called” low-risk African American males who are quietly going about their lives being responsible to their families and communities and themselves. You will find them cutting grass, washing dishes, taking out the garbage, and looking out for their siblings – both older and younger. You will find then going to class, being respectful to students and teachers, and trying to get what the American education system owes them. You will find them working and taking care of adult responsibilities, expecting and receiving no fanfare or extra credit. And you will find them volunteering their time and talents with The TeenFest Foundation and The Institute for the Development of Young Leaders, among other non-profit organizations.
An African American male entrepreneur recently said to me: “Young men need a goal to achieve and room to use their talents to achieve it. Give them that and you will see them at their best!” So, when faced with the question “Where are all the good men?” look for them below the radar and volunteering at local non-profit organizations.
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Dr. Jennifer L. Rounds-Bryant is a licensed practicing Clinical Psychologist in North Carolina, with 20 years of experience in the research and treatment of substance abuse and dependence, clinical treatment, behavioral research, professional training, and adult education, with each of the 5 major American human service systems (education, child welfare, mental health, criminal justice, religion). She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1995. Her career has been that of the scientist-practitioner psychologist, working at research institutes, in community-based treatment programs, and for both Federal and state prison systems doing both research and treatment with substance abusers. Dr. Rounds-Bryant’s current role as Faculty at both Capella University and the University of Phoenix adds the third dimension of educator to her experience as a scientist-practitioner.