Uganda is in the midst of a demographic transformation, which has tremendous potential to enhance the lives of individuals and strengthen communities across. Currently, the average growing segment of the population is older adults (age 55+), who are also the healthiest, most active and best educated in our history. At the same time Uganda is experiencing an explosion of potential human resources at one end of the age spectrum, we also are witnessing a drain of potential human resources at the other end—a loss unparalleled at any time in our history. More than 14 million young people in Uganda (especially young – male) are growing up in adverse circumstances, often living in poverty, with the potential for school failure, engaging in delinquent behavior, substance abuse and early, risky sexual activity.
It is generally agreed that mentoring is one strategy for meeting the needs of highrisk youth. The challenges are many, but one very obvious challenge revolves around identifying a sufficient number of qualified individuals who can mentor the millions of young males in need of positive adult support.
Our concept is to mobilize older MEN as volunteers in significant numbers, with the vision to “guide young- males through life”.
As we work to improve life outcomes for young people in Uganda, their voices must guide our efforts. Core to our collective work is the fundamental belief that young males should receive the supports they need and deserve including consistent and caring relationships with responsible MEN of this nation. The consistent, enduring presence of a caring adult in a young person’s life can be the difference between staying in school or dropping out, making healthy decisions or engaging in risky behaviors, and realizing one’s potential or failing to achieve one’s dreams. ONE MENTOR ONE SON Programme is here to make a profound difference in the lives of young males and in turn, strengthen our communities, economy, and country. The stakes are high, and we need to act now for this generation and the next. Young people with mentors, especially at-risk youth, have more positive visions of themselves and their futures, and they also achieve more positive outcomes in school, the workplace, and their communities. That’s why we’re emboldened to do this.
You too can join this struggle by signing up to be a MENTOR or a DONOR.