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Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.Transforming Loss into Leadership
50% of all the children born to marriedparents today will experience thedivorce of their parents before they are18 years o...
40% of all divorced children haven’tseen their fathers in the last year.Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights rese...
Risks to Children of DivorceThey are:• 4 times more like to have problems withpeers• 3 times more likely to need counselin...
More Risks to Children of DivorceThey also have:• More problems with school performance• More emotional and psychological ...
Special Risks to Father-absent ChildrenThey are:• 4 times more likely to be poor• More likely to have behavior problems• M...
More Risks to Father-absent ChildrenThey are also:• More likely to be a victim of abuse• More likely to be sexually active...
Risks to the Church• 62% of divorced kids reject the faith of theirparents• 37% of these children will not worshipregularl...
One Solution:Gateway Leadership AcademyCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
Train up a child in the way he shouldgo, and when he is old he will notdepart from it.Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDa...
Gateway Leadership Academy:The Ministry StrategyCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
TheVisionGateway Leadership Academy (GLA) willcreate a new generation of Godly leadersthrough positive relationships withc...
The MissionGateway LeadershipAcademy (GLA) will engage Gatewaymen in a leadership development process to developnew young ...
The StrategyGateway Leadership Academy (GLA) will develop leaders among boththe adults and the children simultaneously by:...
Meeting the Ministry Security ChallengesGateway LeadershipAcademy (GLA) will insure the safety ofmentors and kids by never...
Why Mentoring?Rationale and ResearchCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
5 God in His holy house is a father to thosewho have no father…6 God makes a home for those who arealone.Copyright 2013 Ke...
MentoringWorksResearch shows that kids who spend time regularly with a caring adultmentor for at least one year are:• 46% ...
This changed my life. No one evertook the time to do this for mebefore…Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reser...
What Makes Mentoring Work?• Mature, committed mentors• Regular, informal contact• Time to build a relationship• Frequency:...
Does it last?Adults who had a mentor through Big Brothers /BigSisters compared to non- participant peers were:• 75% more l...
•Get Gateway buy-in•Teach initial Equip class on leadershipmentoring•Recruit /screen potential mentors•Identify potential ...
•Recruit and train first 35 mentor pairs•Plan and deliver first kickoff workshop•Run program for one school year•Get video...
•Finalize processes and procedures for GLA•Get church partner buy-in for GLA model•Spread the model to 10 church partners•...
•Plan and Execute Cowboys Stadium eventfor 50K mentors and 50K kids•Plan media coverage•Repeat in top 10 US cities•Plan fo...
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More than 1 in 3 divorced children have not seen their fathers in the last year. These fatherless children are at serious risk for a host of maladies: physical, social, emotional, relational, and spiritual. While re-union with dad is the best solution, when that isn't possible in the near term, whatever the reason, there is a way to prevent those serious maladies from damaging these kids: a mentor. The research is clear- one hour a week with a caring mentor for a year can change the life of a fatherless child forever. This presentation highlights both the risks of fatherlessness and the benefits of a mentoring program along with the strategy for launching a program that is focused on developing leaders rather than "saving" fatherless kids.

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  1. 1. Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.Transforming Loss into Leadership
  2. 2. 50% of all the children born to marriedparents today will experience thedivorce of their parents before they are18 years old.Fagan, Fitzgerald, Rector“The Effects of Divorce On America”Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  3. 3. 40% of all divorced children haven’tseen their fathers in the last year.Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.Wade, Horn and Busy. Fathers, Marriage andWelfare Reform, Hudson InstituteExecutive Briefing, 1997
  4. 4. Risks to Children of DivorceThey are:• 4 times more like to have problems withpeers• 3 times more likely to need counseling• 2 times more likely to drop out of school• 2 times more likely to be suicidal as adultsCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  5. 5. More Risks to Children of DivorceThey also have:• More problems with school performance• More emotional and psychological problems• More likely to be overly aggressive (boys)• More likely to lonely, unhappy, anxious, andinsecure more than 5 years after the divorceCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  6. 6. Special Risks to Father-absent ChildrenThey are:• 4 times more likely to be poor• More likely to have behavior problems• Mother is more likely to be depressed• More likely to experience asthma/respiratoryillnessesCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  7. 7. More Risks to Father-absent ChildrenThey are also:• More likely to be a victim of abuse• More likely to be sexually active as a teen• More likely to abuse drugs/alcohol• More likely to end up in jailCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  8. 8. Risks to the Church• 62% of divorced kids reject the faith of theirparents• 37% of these children will not worshipregularly, and• 60% will leave the church• People under 30 are 20% of the US population but31% of people “unaffiliated with any church”Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  9. 9. One Solution:Gateway Leadership AcademyCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  10. 10. Train up a child in the way he shouldgo, and when he is old he will notdepart from it.Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.Proverbs 22: 6
  11. 11. Gateway Leadership Academy:The Ministry StrategyCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  12. 12. TheVisionGateway Leadership Academy (GLA) willcreate a new generation of Godly leadersthrough positive relationships withcommitted Christian men.Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  13. 13. The MissionGateway LeadershipAcademy (GLA) will engage Gatewaymen in a leadership development process to developnew young leaders from a group of children with nofathers through a structured, and supervisedmentoring program that is focused on developingChristian character and leadership skills.Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  14. 14. The StrategyGateway Leadership Academy (GLA) will develop leaders among boththe adults and the children simultaneously by:• Recruiting and screening mentors.• Training and coaching mentors• Recruiting and screening kids with no fathers and matching themwith a mentor• Providing activities, coaching, and peer support to mentors.• Publicly affirming successful completionCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  15. 15. Meeting the Ministry Security ChallengesGateway LeadershipAcademy (GLA) will insure the safety ofmentors and kids by never letting a single adult and asingle child meet alone:1. For children aged 3-5: Conduct weekly Read-a-thons• At Gateway, in large groups with breakout Bible storyreading groups of 4-5 kids per mentor2. For kids aged 6-18: Weekly mentoring “2 by 2”• A pair of mentors works with their kids together, atGateway or in a public setting, but always in sight ofthe other pairCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  16. 16. Why Mentoring?Rationale and ResearchCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  17. 17. 5 God in His holy house is a father to thosewho have no father…6 God makes a home for those who arealone.Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.Psalms 68:5-6 NLV
  18. 18. MentoringWorksResearch shows that kids who spend time regularly with a caring adultmentor for at least one year are:• 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs• 27% less likely to start drinking• 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school• 37% less likely to skip a class• 33% less likely to hit someone• 5 times more likely to graduate from high school• More trusting of their parents or guardiansCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  19. 19. This changed my life. No one evertook the time to do this for mebefore…Copyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.Participant in Blockbuster mentoring program
  20. 20. What Makes Mentoring Work?• Mature, committed mentors• Regular, informal contact• Time to build a relationship• Frequency: 2-4 times per month• Duration: at least a year• Mutual trust• Orientation/training/coachingCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  21. 21. Does it last?Adults who had a mentor through Big Brothers /BigSisters compared to non- participant peers were:• 75% more likely to have college degree• 39% more likely to have household incomes of $75,000or more.• More likely than non-participants to be activelyengaged in their community as adultsCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.
  22. 22. •Get Gateway buy-in•Teach initial Equip class on leadershipmentoring•Recruit /screen potential mentors•Identify potential mentees•Kick-off meeting for moms, kids, mentorsGateway Leadership AcademyThe Ministry StrategyCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.Phase 1--Launch
  23. 23. •Recruit and train first 35 mentor pairs•Plan and deliver first kickoff workshop•Run program for one school year•Get video testimonies from moms, mentors, andkids•Hold graduation dinner/ceremony•Present certificates to mentors and kidsGateway Leadership AcademyCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.Phase 2-Implement; CollectTestimonies
  24. 24. •Finalize processes and procedures for GLA•Get church partner buy-in for GLA model•Spread the model to 10 church partners•Execute Cowboys Stadium eventMentoring the Fatherless:The Ministry StrategyCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.Phase 3—Roll out
  25. 25. •Plan and Execute Cowboys Stadium eventfor 50K mentors and 50K kids•Plan media coverage•Repeat in top 10 US cities•Plan for world-wide expansionMentoring the Fatherless:The Ministry StrategyCopyright 2013 Kevin Karlson JD PhDall rights reserved.Phase 4 - Multiply
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