12 Things Boys Grown Folks


As a former juvenile court judge, I was always disturbed by the behavior and conduct that some of our young men displayed throughout the nation and saddened by the disproportionate numbers of African American young men that appeared before me in court.  “12 Things” is an excellent tool for young men in general, whether or not they have been involved in the juvenile justice system.  By implementing and following these simple, yet poignant principles, we can help ensure our sons’ safe passages into robust and productive adulthood.

The Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchett
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Do you get disgusted when you see young men wearing their pants
in such a way that is offensive or unacceptable?
Do you know a young man between the ages of 9 and 17 who could use some help
in the area of respecting himself, girls and women, and his elders?
Do you know a young man who could benefit from some more moral guidance?
How would you describe your relationship with your son, nephew, student, mentee, or other young brother whose life you are influencing?  Does he seem to have an unbreakable bond with his video
game or have too much unstructured time on his hands?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then 12 Things Every Black Boy Needs to Know is a book that was written especially for Black boys ages 9-17.  We wrote this book because there are not that many books on the market designed to help Black boys grow and develop into morally strong and socially responsible Black men.  12 Things was written for boys like the ones described above because some of us adults do not take time to understand them.  We just shake our heads and complain to our friends about their language, style of dress, or the kind of music they are listening to.  Then we call in to some socially-conscious radio show or tell the same friends what the problem is with our youth.  And at the end of the day, our male youth still have the highest high school drop-out rates, highest incarceration rates, and are the last ones to be adopted but first to be accused of a crime. 

This webpage has been written exclusively for the grown folk because, unfortunately, the average Black boy might feel that reading is not on his top 10 list of things to do.  They need you to purchase 12 Things for them so they can advance their fabulous literary, social, and mental capabilities and make better decisions.  My father always said that you are either a part of the problem or you are a part of the solution.  And we know that being a part of the solution is translated into taking some form of action to combat some of the ills that our youth are facing.  Some parents, teachers, law enforcement officers and other adults even categorize many of our young brothers as lazy, violent, ignorant, and materialistic troublemakers who only care about themselves.  We are thankful that you have a different idea about our young brothers.  That’s why 12 Things is so important to our communities.  It teaches the reader-and in many cases, the parent-ways to improve communication between peers (including their female counterparts), family and community members, and other adults.

Unfortunately, the average Black boy is not going to seek out a fun, interactive life skills manual that addresses various issues from making healthy choices to having a sense of self and responsibility to community.  They Can’t Stay a Boy Forever!  Our young men can’t remain in their boyish frames forever.  They need you. They need guidance.  They need 12 Things.  They need you to buy 12 Things for them and one of their friends.  As you continue to be a positive influence in their mental, physical, and moral development, you will see how 12 Things will foster a more well-rounded young man than any other book or resource on the market. 

A parent needs a cookbook to refer to in order to make that special dish.  A professional football player refers to a playbook that explains defensive and offensive strategies.  A mental healthcare professional references the DSM-IV when making a diagnosis to determine if a client has a mental illness.  A preacher uses a Bible to reference his text that provides inspiration and guidance for living.  A jazz musician reads chord symbols in his staff notebook to guide him through his musical masterpiece.  Finally, with 12 Things, African American boys can have access to the ultimate roadmap for coping with, controlling, and conquering issues of boyhood and becoming a man.

They can’t stay a boy forever,

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12 Things Every Black Boy Needs to Know