The Mentoring Project exists to rewrite the fatherless story through mentoring. We inspire, recruit, train, equip, refer and match men and women to become relational youth mentors. Through consulting, resourcing and unique programming, The Mentoring Project builds sustainable mentoring communities across North America and in targeted cities globally.
As a part of equipping our tribe, we're happy to offer up and recommend a number of resources to help you along your mentoring journey.
The story of fatherlessness is being written into the heart of our generation. It is heard in our songs, seen in our movies, read in our blogs. It is a story of shame, loneliness, and rejection. A story of missed potential.
But fatherlessness is more than a personal tragedy. It is a growing epidemic. Fatherlessness is the driving force behind gangs, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, and suicide. And all too often, the fatherless are either marginalized or ignored.
Weaving in his own experience of fatherlessness, TMProject President John Sowers shows how awareness, compassion, and intentional intergenerational mentoring can offer a generation hope - hope that will write new stories for generations to come.
We want you to devour this book. We want you to share this book. Struggle with this book. We want you to begin to redeem possibly your own story and also the story of kids in your community. We hope that this resource is a great first step toward rewriting the fatherless story through mentoring.
PART - 1 Fatherless Generation
1. In Somewhere I Belong, John states that "Rejection is the defining characteristic of the fatherless generation." When is a time you have felt rejected? How did you cope?
2. Fatherless Generation claims that we see the fatherless story playing out all around our culture: in music, movies, and TV. Where have you seen the fatherless story played out? What emotions were attached to the scene/song/show?
3. In Haunted Houses we see that people will try and fill the gap left by dad in several ways. What were some of the examples given? How have you seen this played out?
4. How do boys and girls deal with not having dad around differently? What's similar?
PART 2 - Redeeming the Story
1. What kind of practical and spiritual impact does the fatherless story create for us on a day to day basis?
2. What does it mean to be "a father to the fatherless"? How can you be impacting kids without access to dad?
3. What is the most effective way to reach a fatherless child? Why does this approach matter?
4. What are the benchmarks for effective mentoring outlined in Redeeming the Story?
5. How has mentoring played a role in your life up to this point? What will it look like moving forward?
If you have questions about becoming a mentor or how to apply some of these principles in your own life / community, you can reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org