According to statistics from, black males are the most likely children to live in a single parent female-headed household. However, black males are not the only boys who are at risk, they are simply most at risk as more males are growing up without fathers in their homes.

  • Nationally, 64 percent of children ages 0–17 lived with two married parents in 2012, down from 77 percent in 1980.
  • Nationally, 24 percent of children lived with only their mothers, 4 percent lived with only their fathers, and 4 percent lived with neither of their parents.

The reason that black males are most at risk is that the percentages of children living in single-parent female-headed households differs significantly by racial group. In 2012, the following percentages of children, lived in single parent households:

  • 26 percent of White children
  • 41 percent of Hispanic children
  • 67 percent of Black children

The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men is standing in the gap, teaching, inspiring, and mentoring hundreds of young men through their national and regional mentoring programs. The mission of The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men is to share, teach and demonstrate the principles of manhood to young men, enabling them to achieve their dreams and become men who are strong, responsible and productive.


The goal of the Mentoring Weekend is to break the misguided traits of manhood and introduce role models who provide positive examples of manhood.

The aim of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation is to instill the following principles in the boys who take part in their programs:

  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Patience
  • Discipline
  • Service
  • Courage


The goal of “The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men” is to break the misguided traits of manhood and create a generation of men who are emotionally, socially and economically strong. The National Mentoring Camp, held in Dallas, is a four day, three night interactive program whose sole purpose is to share & teach the principles of manhood and dream building to young men. The program helps young men to realize their potential and envision a future where they are physically and emotionally equipped, responsible and productive men.

Hosted by Steve Harvey, this program includes a host of workshops that focus on personal responsibility, dream building, and the importance of nutrition and physical fitness. In addition, the participants are introduced to positive male role models who are leaders in various areas, including business, their communities, entertainment and the military.

Since 2009 thousands of applications have been received for consideration and hundreds of young men from single female-headed households have participated in the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men.


The Steve Harvey Regional Mentoring Programs were launched in 2011 as a direct response to the mentoring needs of boys across the country. The program has gone into the Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans and Atlanta markets.

Our goal in spreading this program to additional cities is to expand our reach and help parents & community leaders nationwide to bring change to boys in their communities. This two-day experience introduces our core Dallas programming to 100 young men in each city.

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