OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - Building positive relationships is a challenge for young men when there are few role models in the home. That's the real-life challenge faced by young men living in Osceola, according to The Brotherhood.
The organization was established in 2008 as a non-profit organization by a group of men who wanted to make a difference in their community.
"We had a focus on what we wanted to accomplish—just more or less try to mentor young men. So far, for nine years, it's been great," said Freddie Byrd, a Brotherhood member. "We are dedicated to changing boys' and young men's lives through mentoring and guidance."
On Saturday, Aug. 11, the organization will hold a father and son dinner at the Rosenwald Community Center, 510 Childress St., at 3 p.m. Guest speakers are Pastor Greg Baker of the True Grace Gospel Church, Osceola Police Chief Ollie Collins, Osceola High School Football Coach Robert Hooks, and Project Coordinator for Mississippi County AEOC Dedric Davis.
The event is not just for fathers and sons. The Brotherhood organization invites grandfathers, uncles, nephews, and any male who is a positive role model to attend in hopes of becoming a mentor in a young man's life.
"We just want to get our community together. Get our fathers and sons together. Maybe they can get something from one of these speakers and take something positive home with them and make life better for their kids," said Stanley Williams, a Brotherhood member. "Get to know them and let them know that we are here for them. If they need someone to talk to, we [are] out in the community. We just hope that this is something positive for them."
The Brotherhood organization also works with senior citizens and the local Head Start program. Its members also prepare Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless and less fortunate.