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My Daddy Taught Me That

Our Mission

Founded by Keyon Lake, My Daddy Taught Me That… programming combines mentoring and coaching with skill building and training to support at-risk young men without fathers in underserved communities in the Asheville, NC and greater Buncombe County areas.

My Daddy Taught Me That is a program designed for the Development, Uplift, and Education for youth and young males. The focus is to teach these young men how to transition from that young teen adolescent time in their lives into responsible young men; focusing on good decision making, accepting responsibility, and being accountable for their actions.  This will be done through educational group sessions and discussions, hands-on activities and programs, and the introduction to innovative and unique events. (MDTMT) will mentor, build self-esteem, confidence, and eliminate barriers to and exposure of crime, gangs, and drugs, that minority male youth confront in underserved communities in Asheville, NC. This program will play the vital role in transforming young males into our leading MEN of tomorrow. “My Daddy Taught Me That” was created so that every young male would have the opportunity to experience and know firsthand what being a positive male feels like and also to know what productive men do in our society. This program was inspired by Bennie Lake, who dedicated his life working with the youth.  His son, Keynon Lake, founded “My Daddy Taught Me That”, as he wanted every youth and young male to have the experience of knowing what real men do. Real men lead by example, take care of their families, and become community leaders.  Supported by the book     MY DADDY TAUGHT ME THAT, the dream is that every youth and young male can become positive, productive men in the community while knowing from example what it means to be a MAN.

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