​​​​​We Help Boys Become Better Men

Why There Is A Need

​​The Problem

The number of boys growing up without fathers has reached epidemic proportions. High rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births have created a generation of fatherless boys.

The Magnitude of the Epidemic

  • One in three children is born to unmarried parents.
  • An estimated 24.7 million children live away from their biological fathers. 
  • 43% of urban teens live away from their father.
  • 42% of fathers fail to see their children at all after divorce.
  • Since 1960, the number of U.S. boys without fathers has quadrupled.
  • 1 in 6 black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, 1 in 3 black males born today will spend time in prison in his lifetime.​​ 

The Consequences

A recent Newsweek article “The Trouble with Boys” states, “...one of the most reliable predictors of whether a boy will succeed or fail in high school rests on a single question: Does he have a man in his life to look up to? Too often, the answer is no.”

  • 85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.
  • 71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. 
  • 80% of rapists with displaced anger come from fatherless homes. 
  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. 
  • 90% of homeless children are from fatherless homes. 
  • 85% of children with behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. 

The Financial Cost

  • 5% of the adult male population is or has been in prison, costing taxpayers $75 billion a year.
  • A boy leaving high school and entering into a life of crime can cost his community $1.7–$2.3 million in his lifetime. 
  • Violent crime costs the U.S. Healthcare system $105 billion annually.