March 29th * Celebrate
"PAYDAY IT FORWARD"
On March 29, 2010, my son Paylor James Daniels was killed at the age of 18. His friends had given him the nickname “PayDay”. As a mom of 2 sons, I realize that the world is changing, and teens do not receive the emotional support they need. Adults sometimes tend to overlook teen, African American boys. They are pushed aside, control and censored. Some stereotypes come into play as well. We are losing our African American sons at an alarming rate. Maybe if we really start to see our teen boys, we will realize that their favorite article of clothing is a hoodie. Or that they walk with strength and confidence naturally, not because they are trying to be aggressive. In honor of him and all young men in their teens, we celebrate "Remember2PayDay". On this day we pay it forward to our young men. This day is where we acknowledge and honor each young man we encounter. These are a few ways we can celebrate "Remember2PayDay" by paying forward a little kindness and consideration.
Look each young teen boy in the eye when you see them.
Verbally speak and greet them, acknowledge their presence.
Plan to spend time with a young teen boy you know.
Teach a young teen boy a skill.
Hire a young teen boy.
Expose a young teen boy to something they have never been introduced to.
Reach out and check on a young teen boy you know.
ASK a young teen boy what they need help with, what are their struggles?
African-American K-12 students are 3.8 times as likely to receive one or more out-of-school suspensions as white students.
DID yOU kNOW THESE FACTS...
Studies have shown that teachers punish black children disproportionately and adults view black children as older and less innocent than white kids the same age, so the pipeline of black children into America’s criminal justice system will continue unless we take active measures.
In 2015, the latest year of data examined in the report, at least 75,900 youth were prosecuted as adults by the criminal justice system, of which 53 percent were black.