LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) — Brunch for Brothers was started with a simple principle: to help young people around Lufkin in any way possible.
While the group meets monthly for their brunch, what they do for young men goes beyond that.
“They’re trying to take these young men and keep us together,” said Sacorian Gardner, one of the mentees. “Instead of us being out there doing who knows what they’re taking from us and relying on us to be men one day. Successful men.
Gardner said with crime and gang violence in the city, it can be easy to get off track and the Brunch with Brothers group gives them a positive outlet for any young people’s troubles.
Many mentees have absent fathers and mentors give them a positive male role model to help them stay on track.
“I needed this father figure in my life,” said Layfate Griffin, another mentee. “Being in this group has helped me. They are there for me and I have this brotherhood with everyone in the group.
These father figures are men like SaDale Lamb, who is a coach at Lufkin High School. He wanted to reach out and do more in the lives of children.
“It’s very important to give them that stability and try to give them someone who’s there for them,” Lamb said. “We give them advice, take them to school, take them to school, take them to the store if their mum is at work. We just try to help in any way we can.
Nearly 30 children participate in the program, and many of them pass on what they learn to their peers at school, in their own mentoring group called Ignite.
Through the program, they build relationships that will influence everyone involved for years to come.
“We’re together,” Gardner said. “So no one can break our bond that we have already built now.”
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