I, Patsy Gant, am writing this letter to inform you of John providing mentoring services to our young boys without other resource to insure their future. John is one of the unsung heroes in the community. The service was designed to help the boys with self esteem, self confidant, learn to take responsibility and plan for their future. These services have been provided without financial support from the outside . Sessions have been held in his private home while he also provided transportation by picking up some of the boy in his private car. My two grandsons were mentored on a weekly basis at his home.
This service is greatly needed in the community
My son Timothy Mack was having problems focusing on his school work while at school and didn’t want to try once he was home. I remember talking to Mr. Smith previously about his male mentorship program; at this point I ask him if he could help me with my son. Mr. Smith was very accommodating and helped Tim.
In April 2010 Mr. Smith began seeing Timothy once a week with other males; as a result there were issues my son was dealing with that I had no idea of. Turning Point gave him a safe place to discuss the things that was troubling him. He began to look forward to going very Friday night. He realized that Turning Point gave them options and ways to handle the issues of a 15 year old male African American everyday life. The boys became a brotherhood, which will last for a life time.
Thank You Turning Point for turning my son’s life at such a critical point. Timothy is now away at Army and Navy Boarding Academy in Carlsbad, CA one of the top ranking military boarding high schools in the country, doing well ad using the strategies that he learned at their Friday night meetings.
Army and Navy Academy was featured on Good Morning San Diego January 27, 2012.
I’ve work for the City of Compton for almost 30 years. I was hired as a fire fighter in 1982 and have risen to the rank of Captain. I have two children, a 23 year old daughter in college and an 18 year old son who just graduated high school.
Turning Point is a positive avenue for young men to get exposure to real life situations and be mentored by real men who are making a difference in their family’s lives and giving back to the community by volunteering their time to Turning Point.
Unfortunately, too many of our young men are being raised in a single parent house hold by their mother or grandmother. Most of women do a fine job in raising their sons however; all young men need that manly guidance and fine tuning as they are finding their purpose.
Turning Point is that venue that can turn and guide a young man’s life from wondering aimlessly to having their cross hairs aimed on a specific target of their choice.