The Youth Crime Alert reported that nationwide, the recidivism rate for teenage girls is 40 percent and 60 percent for teenage boys. This may seem like a low percentage to you but it’s actually way too high and our boys need the most help because they are the ones starting and joining gangs. Girls are starting and joining gangs as well but we need a lot more available male figures to encourage and motivate young boys and help them understand that being a gang member does not make you a man. Ladies we can teach young girls that sleeping around and having babies at 12 and 13 does not make them a woman. Doing the right thing does. One way we can all help is by reaching out to the youth in our community. Even talking to one youth that you see on the streets in your neighborhood and mentoring them can make a huge difference. All they are looking for is someone to give them some positive attention, someone to show that they care. If you have time to post a status message on your facebook page or upload a photo then you have time to speak to a youth in your community. Just one youth. Ask them how their day is, ask them what they want the future to look like, ask them what they think of our president, ask them what their wishes and hopes are and then let them know that they can do anything they put their hearts and minds to. Interact, motivate, mentor, encourage, smile, laugh, walk with one youth and make a difference. The Whitney Houston song “The Greatest Love Of All” says, “I believe the children are our future; teach them well and let them lead the way; show them all the beauty they possess inside”. We all have the ability to do this. Teach them to help other people instead of hurting other people. Teach them to love instead of intimidate. Teach them to give instead of steal. Teach them to look at a person’s heart on the inside instead of what they look like or what they have on the outside. "Learning to care for others gives them a sense of purpose and helps them to keep out of trouble themselves," said Jack Calhoun, president and chief executive officer of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). He is so very right. Give them a reason to keep breathing so the suicide attempts will decrease. You can do it. We all can do it. Start tonight and continue forever….