Kennedy for Kids Mentoring
Meet Marcus Umoete, our number one volunteer. Mr. Umoete is 14 years old, going into the 9th grade. He is aspiring to be an airplane pilot when he grows up. He is the one who first helped to build this web site for us. We all feel he did an excellent job. We look forward to a long relationship with him and wish him well for all is endeavors. He is an active member of the Canaan Baptist Church in New Castle, Delaware. If you would like to visit their site, go to www.canaanbc.org
Below is an update on Marcus Umoete and what he is doing with his life. He is studying to be an Airline Pilot.
His Brother standing on the left is studding to be a radiologist.
Marcus is a member of the Canaan Baptist Church.
Below left is John William Roam when he was three (3) years old. On the right he is twelve (12) years later! He said, "Mr. Earl, you don't remember me, do you? You used to give me teddy bears, trucks and other toys when I was younger. Thank you Mr. Earl for all that you did for us kids in the community." All these years later and I still impacted his life! Now he is about twenty one (21) years old.
I used to run a house at 918 Kirkwood Street giving out toys at Christmas. This man below used to come by and get toys from me when he was a young boy. On one occasion I brought him a very large stuffed dog. Now he is grown up and waiting for me to get situated in Virginia with a new house so he can come there to get out of the city and start over. He sees me every day asking "How it is going?"
Below is part of the Hunt family from 4th Street. Some of the kids I used to take to the store when they were kids. They found me after they were grown (about 26 years old), now they have kids of their own.
Tasha and Stefan Hunt
At four (4) or five (5)
Now at twenty six (26) or so.
I have tracked down kids that I helped 25 years ago and they still ask me about the house and work in Virginia. I have guys come up to me all the time reminiscing seeing me in their childhood. "You used to give me and my friends bikes, teddy bears, Tasty Kakes and dollars. We still appreciate you sir." I work out of my pocket.. if I had money I would be dangerous.
Kennedy for Kids Mentoring Program is an alternative for kids who have idle time on their hands and do nothing more than hang out on the street. We offer more constructive alternatives, which are designed to build character, healthy bodies and a sound mind to help better prepare them for the social and business world of today.
This is program designed for all kids between the ages of 8 to 18. In our mentoring program they will be shown and taught the benefits of how to use computers in their daily lives.
The idea of our program is to reach out the children who have parents incarcerated. They need someone to look up to as positive, responsible role model. These children need the guidance to show them alternatives to crime so that they do not end up like their loved ones. Kids in this program show a sincere interest in becoming productive citizens of society, rather than staking out trouble.
Our program will teach them love and compassion for their fellow man, as well as self respect and confidence! We do not want them to end up like others in their family who have lost their way and ended up behind bars. That is not a lifestyle worth following! Key word here is life. To live, you have to have freedom and experience all the world has to offer. Once you are confined in those prison walls, it is hard to learn a life without crime.
We also teach etiquette and MANNERS! It seems this generation is lacking a lot of that. Thou shall always respect thy neighbor and elderly as well. Saying "no ma'am", "thank you sir", should be included in your everyday vocabulary. As small and insignificant as this may seem, a simply "thank you" will go a long way to someone else.
One of the requirements is to get other family members involved, especially if they live in the neighborhood. Family values also seem to be a thing of the past. Here, we are trying to bring that back! It is never too late. Family should always come first. Together, we can show these relatives how to step up and be an active, positive person in this child's life, if they aren't already so.
We are going to take these young people and work closely with them. We will take them into the community to aid senior citizens and others in need. We will go to their homes in and throughout the community at large. They will be taught not to look at color but to see the good in all kinds of people from various races and cultures. We will be taking these young people to Virginia on field trips and to several churches. We believe that prayer is a major key to success, which will help these young people to remain crime free in mind and spirit.
When these young people reach the age of 18 years, we have a whole new way of life to show them. We will be waiting for them in the Virginia Tide Water area.
I told Pastor Manley that there is no work in Wilmington, Delaware “There is a problem with young people being caught up in the system.” He stated, “I have a big bus and we can take them out of there by the bus loads.” I told him that would not be necessary but I can personally bring them to Virginia and to your church for prayer. Together and with the help from your Pastor, your church leaders and the members, we can mentor there children. They are going to see that when I bring a brother or sister down to Virginia, they will hear me say, “Stay with me, I got your back.” I will also say to them, “You are out of Wilmington, Delaware now, you are out of danger, relax and enjoy your new life."
If they have a dream, of continuing school, going to college, or just getting a good job, we are going to make their dream a reality. We will assist them by finding grants and student loans. In Virginia they can go to the Navy, the Merchant Marines, Trade School, the Shipyards, the Hotel/Motel Industry or into Food Services.
In the near future we will be opening a temp service that will provide jobs for anyone in need of one.
If there is a behavior problem, we will help them assess the problem and find the solution!
If they think they can get by just selling drugs, someone will take them through in the Community and show them just what kind of life that is. We will show them what will happen to them if they follow that wrong way of life. We will show them just what the drug dealers and addicts go through and how they live on a day-to-day basis. A drug dealer has money, cars, houses and a bank account. An addict, when you lock him up, has everything he owns on him. What they need is Substance Abuse treatment, not prison time.
We will take them into the courthouse and show them tough love. This will allow them to see just what happens when the drug addict or dealer gets caught up in the justice system.
They are going to learn how to live together, work together, and learn to love one another.
When these young people have problems in school or just need help with anything, we will be there to mentor them. One-on-one or in a group, whichever is best. We will have group sessions and speakers on occasion to help guide the young people’s path.
Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks dreams were the same and they are a part of this.
President John F. Kennedy said, "I do not see people as a color: I see people as a human being." This is where we got the idea for our Mentoring Program.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “One day all nationalities will hold hands and sing together. One day drug dealers and drug addicts and prostitutes will be free.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said to, President Kennedy, “Do you agree on that? Let’s shake hands on it”
I need a house to make this dream happen in Virginia. Portsmouth would be the ideal location since I hear that there is a lot of crime and drug use in that area. I need to be right where the action is to where the people need help the most.
Federal Government wants to know where my money goes... well look here... I help people...
This is Abram (Abraham Gilbert)
This is Booker (Booker Word)
Giving Back in the Community to the Kids
(Dollars make them smile)
When this man was a kid he used to get bikes and teddy bears from me when I was giving out Christmas Gifts.
Today he has two kids and he said to me one day:
"you don't remember me but I used to get toys from you when I was a kid".
I gave both his kids five (5) dollars each that day.
Below are some of the kids in the neighborhood that I give out dollars and other things to.
This was 20 years ago when I was at 5th and Van Buren Street giving away bikes to the children in the neighborhood.
(Bikes give the Kids something to enjoy)
Some of the pictures below are of guys who came to me when they were kids. They searched for me and finally found Earl.
are a few of our Brothers who have a challenge in life but persevere.
(Wheelchairs give them mobility and a feeling of indenpendence)