In early December 2017, South Dallas administrators at Dr. Billy Earle Dade Middle School called for 50 male mentors to volunteer at their first ‘Breakfast With Dads‘. Within a few days, hundreds of men responded to serve as a positive role model for students.
Volunteers were asked to have flexibility in their schedule and at least one hour that they can dedicate to participate in the event.
“The reality of a great event like this is a lot of our kids will not have a Dad present. But there is nothing like having a male present in the form of a mentor” wrote Kristina Chaade on Facebook.
Principal Tracie Washington said that about 150 students requested a mentor (DallasNews).
“The crowd of volunteers came from diverse backgrounds, including dads from various parts of Dallas, men in local law enforcement, public officials and community organizers” as reported by DallasNews.
The students and mentors participated in a variety of activities like tying a tie.
“Words cannot describe the impact mentoring youth can have on both you and your mentee.” wrote mentor Jason Rodriguez on Twitter. “Powerful to see a community of fellow men and fathers come together to wrap their arms around or young men. Thank you for having me out” he added.
Breakfast With Dads proves that coming together for a positive cause can bring communities together in incredible ways.