Honorable Young Men Club filling the void as positive role models

Local mentors fill void to area youth

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Honorable Young Men Club is making a difference in the lives of area children.

This organization accomplishes their goal all year round.

For David Mansfield, 12, it's made a world of difference in his life.

"I have better focus, better integrity and do everything 100 percent better," said Mansfield.

He is one of 170 young men from the area who participate in the club.

Led by mentors, from the community, who have dedicated all of their time teaching at-risk youth wrong from right.

According to Mansfield, they also taught him to strive for the best in all endeavors.

"I used to average a "B" ...but now I've got all "A's," said Mansfield when asked about his grades.

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Cantrell Andrews, a former football player at Southeast Missouri State University, is one of the mentors and founders of the Honorable Young Men Club.

He is able to relate to the kids on a personal level.

"I wanted to kind of step in and be like hey, I actually made it out of where you're at right now so you can also do the same," said Andrews. "I always wanted to help the generation beneath me because I know their story, I know their struggle and I know what they go through."

Mansfield said because of his experience with the organization, he has big dreams.

"I want to follow in their footsteps because they're doing what's right and I want to, too," said Mansfield.

To learn more about the Honorable Young Men Club in Cape Girardeau, follow the link here.

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