A logistical approach to the mentoring solution
"It is easier to raise healthy children than to fix broken men"
As the adult men of a community who have benefited from the struggles of people whom we didn't know and who didn't know us, we have committed to invest in the future as they did when they created opportunity for us. By committing one to twenty hours each year we are making community better one boy at a time. We recognize that each little boy who reaches adulthood prepared for his role as father to his next generation is a permanent solution an influence that will lead future generations towards productivity and responsibility.
The Silverback Pledge is the agreement we share with the boys we groom for manhood and it expresses a purpose and definition for manhood that is committed to leading generations.
The Silverback Pledge:
“I will live my life as though generations depend on me, and I will teach and encourage all of mine to do the same.”
All of our work is from a positive point of view. When we help our boys adopt a set of simple principles for living we help them have reasons to do positive rather than negative things on their way to a pleasant and prosperous lifestyle that they can share with their children. We help them understand how to get more out of life in a way that makes sense to them. We teach The Silverback Ways of The World.
Silverback Ways of the World:
(dealing with others for maximum effect)
1.Give respect to get respect.
2.Teach by example.
3.Give your word only when you know you can keep it.
4.Use your time to improve something.
5.Treat everyone like you will need them tomorrow.
6.Become an expert at something.
7. Let your light shine for others.
Silverback Society - What's in a name?
When we started the Silverback Society mentoring movement we wanted a name that represented the ultimate achievement for males of the human species with an unmistakable connotation of personal power, social significance and self confidence. Viewing the human male in the biological and social context of the other socially organized great apes, chimpanzees and gorillas we saw commonality in the significance of the graying of males at the peak of their social significance and responsibility, as alpha males for family clans.
The Silverback of a family has the knowledge and experience to acquire the resources needed by those who depend on him as well as the power and presence to provide safety and security to the same. The mission of the Silverback Society is to teach and inspire boys to become men who can claim that distinction.