Youth Discipleship

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

WHAT IS DISCIPLESHIP?

A disciple is one who disciplines himself in the teachings and practices of another. The word disciple, like discipline, comes from the Latin word discipulus, meaning “pupil” or “learner.” Consequently, to learn is to discipline oneself. For example, if one is to advance in the arts or the sciences or athletics, one has to discipline himself to learn and follow the principles and fundamentals of the best teachers in that area of study. We believe that in order to have healthy communities in the future with less criminality and more safety, security, quality education, and economical sustainability, we must first have young men with self-discipline. Therefore, in addition to group sessions for counseling and support, young men in our program will be paired with mentors who are strong believers in Christ and go through an experiential relationship process that encourages academic, spiritual, social, and emotional growth.
Since 2006, Short-Term Suspension (10 days or less) rates have remained consistent for Black students, increased for Latino students, and decreased for White students. Compared to White youth, Asian, Black, and Latino youth were disproportionately represented at each juvenile justice decision point. Significantly more complaints involve youth who identify as boys —particularly boys of color. Since 2007, detention admissions in Mecklenburg County have decreased by 109.4% or 477 fewer youth. Though the use of detention has decreased, disproportionality persists with Black youth detained more frequently. In addition, violent crime in Charlotte continues to increase even as the city’s overall crime rate has fallen significantly. The spike in violent crime is driven by homicide and aggravated assault. Historically, deadly violence in Charlotte has disproportionately affected black men.
Seeing a significant change in the rate of homicide and disproportionate minority contact amongst young black males in the criminal justice system requires more than a few hours of Teen Court as an alternative to prosecution when a young black male is charged with simple assault, larceny, trespassing, public affray, communicating threats, disorderly conduct, damage to property, weapons law violations and alcohol/drug violations. The life skills necessary to help a child rise above the negative effects of the American societal definition of black masculinity cannot be attained with one “Get Out of Jail Free” card. If the social concept of manhood and the training methods used for it fail to adequately prepare the males to deal with more complex social dilemmas, their form of masculinity will tend to be maladaptive and antisocial, placing society at risk. We define this as “reactionary masculinity”
For this reason, Bunk 57 Ministries Youth Discipleship Mentoring Program targets at-risk African-American and Latino males between the ages of 12-17 years of age.

 4 MAIN COMPONENTS

MENTORSHIP

One on one – places young brothers with a properly trained and background checked mentor who will provide guidance and steer them to proper services for intervention when challenges above their area of expertise arise. The mentors will focus on mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being as well as academia.

WHO SERVES AS A MENTOR?

An adult male who has been background checked and is clear of sexual and/or child abuse charges. Mentors are faith-based and required to attend an orientation session in addition to a seven to eight-week interactive study from the curriculum “Fruit that Won’t Spoil: The Intangibles of One on One Disciplemaking”, a Bible-based discipleship program.
Once a child has entered the program they will be assigned a mentor. Together they will establish an Abundant Life Plan to include Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Oriented (S.M.A.R.T.) Goals. Mentors are there to provide encouragement, guidance, informal counseling, and serve as role models.

MENTORSHIP TIME COMMITMENT

Mentors will meet with their assigned youth for a minimum of two hours per week for one year to provide guidance, oversight, and encouragement. Mentors and mentees will work together each week to work on activities that will help the program participant reach their S.M.A.R.T. goals.

GROUP GROWTH SESSIONS

Diverse fields, including clinical and school psychology, education and social work commonly employ group interventions for children and adolescents.  Group counseling and support groups show evidence of improving youths’ attitudes and coping skills and reducing problem behaviors.

GROWTH SESSION CURRICULUM

Bunk 57 Ministries will lead simple, sociable, and structured sessions to practice communication across differences and to promote understanding and connections. Board Member, mentor, and fellow radio host, Rajuhon Jones has experienced challenges in his life that led him to some profound insights. His book, Black Boys 2 Men: A Young Black Boy's Journey to Manhood, offers some of those stories and hands-on exercises to allow teens to evaluate their own lives.

PLANNED COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Planned community projects will build leadership skills, increased sense of responsibility, and a heart for giving back and helping others.  Community involvement also provides the opportunity to apply academic learning to real life events, and exposure to a global view of society.  

FIELD TRIPS (EDUCATIONAL / SOCIAL EXCURSIONS)

Introduces young brothers to different environments allowing them to observe and function in communities other than their own providing other options than options that lead to negative contact with the justice system.

Your donation to support our Youth Discipleship Mentoring Program helps cover the cost of food, activities and transportation.

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