Comedian and nationally syndicated radio host Steve Harvey has a New York Times best selling book spilling secrets to women on how to think like a man. Now Harvey is opening up his ranch outside of Dallas giving lessons to boys on how to act like a man. There were 50 young men and 50 flown in from across the country all in Little Elm, Texas to participate in Steve Harvey’s Mentoring Weekend. This is the second year that Harvey has opened his ranch stretching over 200 acres to teenage boys in need of positive, male role models.
“Boys get their imagery from a man of some kind and if you don’t put the right imagery in front of him he’s going to attach himself to some imagery of a man,” said mentor Steve Harvey.
The young men are invited to Harvey’s ranch for four days. All of the boys are living in single parent homes without their fathers.
“It’s a virtual impossibility for a woman to turn a boy into a man,” said Harvey. “You are teaching what principles to him? You can’t know them. They have to be lived.”
So Harvey recruited heavyweights like education activist and CNN Education Contributor Doctor Steve Perry to lead workshops to make sure each young man here is prepared for manhood.
“There’s so many people that talk about doing something and Steve Harvey is actually doing something,” said Doctor Steve Perry. “For me to come down here and bring my family down here I do it because he’s doing something meaningful and we want to make sure we do all we can to support him.”
And local mentors like Dallas Police Officer Leroy Quigg came out too.
“I’m in the gang unit and I see a lot of kids throw their lives away,” said Dallas police officer Leroy Quigg. “This is real meaningful to me to try to put the kids on the right path so they grow up to be productive citizens.”
Over the weekend Quigg worked closely with mentee Brandon Berry. He’s noticed a big change in Berry in just a few days.
“He came here really shy but now he’s more extroverted and talking to people,” said Quigg.
“It’s all about manhood,” said student Brandon Berry. “How to stand strong and stand for what you believe in. If you need some money don’t take the easy way out just stick through it. Put God first and hopefully you’ll come out the bigger man in the end.”
“Real me go to church,” said Harvey. “Real men have jobs. Real men work everyday. Real men honor women. Real men take care of their children. Real men that become fathers perform as fathers. Real men respect the law. Real men are disciplined. Real men do what they say their going to do. If you make better boys better boys make better men and then women have better selection. We have to change the core of the family base otherwise we’re going to mess this thing up for good.”
With more help Harvey is planning to take his mentoring weekend to 10 more cities around the nation.
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