Mentoring to Manhood program looks for more volunteers to help boys

Jabare Norris talks about the Mentoring to Manhood program in Prince George's County.

Mentoring to Manhood is a very special program in Prince George's County. And they need more men to volunteer to help boys learn and grow.

This week, County Executive Rushern Baker shared his own childhood struggles with dozens of boys in the program.

One of the participants is Jabare Norris, an 8th grader at Greenbelt Middle School.

Raised by a single mother, Norris says the mentors teach him what his mother can't.

"She's doing the best she can. She put me in this group to better myself," says Norris.

He says being in the program has helped his grades and his home life.

"There's less stress in the house between me and my brother and my mom," Norris says. "It's just been great."

The group meets weekly for tutoring and mentoring.

"What we try to do is fill that void," says Rob Howz, program director. "We don't try to become the father, or become the mother, we just to fill the void."

"I moved around a lot," Baker says after talking with the boys. "That's what I was saying, it's so important, that mentoring part and what you're getting was so important to me in my life."

To Jabare Norris, it's not just important, it's eye opening.

"Here I took away, that you just gotta work hard to become successful," Norris says.

Mentoring to Manhood is looking for more mentors. Next week, the group is holding a recruitment fair on April 7th.

If you're interested in joining, go to the Mentoring to Manhood website and learn more.