In our community it has become important that we take a stand in mentoring youth. There has been a rampant upstart in this new year of murders happening in Chicago, with what was reported as 13 homicides in the first six days of 2013. The youth of today are growing up without enough positive mentors from which to learn. It seems illogical of how young guys would prefer to take a chance at spending the rest of their lives behind bars then going to college. The rate at which lives are being taken is disheartening. Mentoring youth can be a rewarding experience for everyone. The youths are really making cries for help but are not articulate enough to relay that message to someone whom can help. They are being taught that the almighty dollar is the pinnacle of their world and that its pursuit is more important than everything around them.In the past I started the Success Building Workshop in hopes of mentoring some youths in entrepreneurship values. I took them to different places outside of the neighborhood so that they can get a different view on their lives. We went to the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, so that they could see where supposedly all the money is kept. They saw more dollars than they would probably spend in their lives, but they also got a chance to see how worthless a dollar can be. The Federal Reserve gives out complementary bags of shredded currency to the public. I taught them that the value of something depends on the person placing the value. The youths are not putting a value on their lives, so it is very important as mentors we find more creative ways and opportunities to reach them. They are being trained to expect armed guards at every turn instead of discovering new adventures in a book. Their spiritual growth has been almost nil and their dependence on drugs has grown to their and our community’s detriment. I do not see how cool it can be to spend 25 years in prison. It is almost as if the youths that commit these crimes lack the capacity to think about their actions and the repercussions headed their way.The Online Etymology Dictionary describes mentor as: “mentos “intent, purpose, spirit, passion” from PIE *mon-eyo- (cf. Sanskrit man-tar- “one who thinks,” L. mon-i-tor “one who admonishes”), causative form of root *men- “to think” (see mind (n.))” The importance and stress being on “to think”; as a mentor it is our job to help them process and think about something different than they are accustomed. Getting a youth to think about becoming something greater than a thug, rapper, stripper, baby daddy or momma, or sex addict content on debasing themselves can be done in a few hours a week. The key to helping the youth is the talents and service of people that decide to mentor those youth in need. It can be rewarding and challenging at the same time, but it cannot be worse than the alternative of continually seeing our community shattered. The importance of mentoring youth should be on our minds and in our hearts or sooner or later we will not be to hide from the chaos prevalent in our communities. If you can find someone to mentor and give a little game about life in hopes of changing a life by getting a youth to think!