If you are reading this article, you are interested in helping kids without fathers. You may have a personal connection or recognize there is a widespread issue. Either way, we are glad you’re joining the cause. To that end, here are some simple ways you can support this effort…
Statistics About Kids Without Fathers
Before we get into the solution, we must acknowledge the weight of the problem. Generally speaking, we can all agree that it is ideal for both parents to be a part of a child’s life.
BUT, DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE EYE-OPENING STUDIES THAT SUPPORT THIS?
An issue brief by the America First Policy Institute presented reports on fatherlessness’s effect on society.
These are just a few of the statistics it highlighted as of 2022…
- In the United States, there are 18.3 million kids without fathers. That amounts to one in four nationwide.
- Children without father figures are twice as likely to have mental and behavioral problems.
- 71% of high school dropouts are from fatherless homes.
From this data alone, it is clear that this category of youth requires additional care and attention. With that, let’s dive into the ways that we all can help.
4 Ways You Can Take Action
Most people don’t engage in philanthropic causes because they believe that it requires large amounts of money.
While donating to various charities is great, there are numerous ways to help that are just as valuable. They just need some of your time and energy…
Give a Second Life to Old Clothes & Toys
The first action you can take to assist kids without fathers starts close to home — or rather, in it.
Often, single-parent families have trouble providing these items for their children. Therefore, begin helping out by going through your family’s gently used clothes and toys to donate.
THIS GESTURE WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE RELIEF TO THESE FAMILIES, BUT IT WILL ALSO CLEAR OUT YOUR CLOSETS!
There are a multitude of local and national organizations that can get your items to where they need to go.
Teach Life Skills to Kids without Fathers
Aside from a male role model, kids without fathers are deprived of the chance to learn important life skills.
Just think of how many things your parents or a mentor taught you…
How to shave….
The right way to change a tire…
Or even, the best way to prepare your favorite recipes.
Volunteering to show young people these lessons they don’t learn in school will aid them for years to come. The impact of this is not insignificant.
Partner with Programs for Underserved Youth
By and large, teaching life skills is done on a one-on-one basis — specialized curriculums aside. So to scale up your efforts, it is a good idea to partner with established programs and organizations.
Also, these non-profits have systems and procedures in place to maximize their efficiency. They have experience helping children after all.
THIS ALLOWS YOU TO HELP MORE KIDS IN LESS TIME!
Research what programs you can access and how you can best get involved.
Now, this last way to help kids without fathers is meant as a supplement to the method above.
In partnership with youth programs, you can assist in:
- Finding attendees for fundraising events.
- Arranging donations of catering and other supplies.
- Holding auctions to benefit children’s charities.
- And, setting up and breaking down venue spaces.
The more hands on deck, the better. That being said, how can we guarantee that these kids without fathers become happy, healthy adults?
Empowering Kids Without Fathers BEYOND Childhood
As we mentioned earlier, kids without fathers have the odds stacked against them. Without resources and guidance, they are more likely to go down the wrong path…
That’s the reason why the Grant Cardone Foundation was created.
Our founder, Grant Cardone, lost his father at the age of ten. Because of this, he fell into the trap of addiction and almost didn’t make it out.
Grant wants to ensure that this doesn’t occur for any group of underserved youth. Our organization has an emphasis on financial literacy and practical business skills.
That way, future adults can create success for themselves and their families. And that’s what’s important no matter how you help these at-risk youth.
Be great so the next generation can as well.
— GCF Staff
Disclaimer: The Grant Cardone Foundation is a Section 501(c) (3) charitable organization, EIN 82-3244679. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. The amount of a contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the amount contributed, reduced by the value of any goods or services provided by the organization.