The Need

While the Gentlemen's Society program is open to all young men, our programs are primarily targeted to young minorities from lower income neighborhoods. These young men typically grow up without a strong, positive, male role model.  

The following statistics are just a few that speak to this point.
Dallas has the 7th highest school dropout rate according to the US Department of Education.

  • 1 in 3 Black men will have a prison record of some kind.
  • Between 1996 and 2005, our country built 7 institutions of higher education..... and about 300 prison facilities.
  • The CHILD incarceration rate in Texas is higher than the ADULT incarceration rate of some countries, like France, China and Iraq ... COMBINED!
  • 1 out of every 5 new rural prisons in the 1990s opened in Texas, which had the largest number of new rural prisons by far.
     

Of men infected by AIDS in the United States, the CDC estimates that over half are black.
Homicide remains the leading cause of death for young Black men and the second leading cause of death for young Hispanic men. (Source: The September 2002 U.S. Department of Health and Services.)
In 1998, youths accounted for 1 out of 6 arrests for all violent crimes. (Source: Youth Crimes: A Report of the Surgeon General)

In the age group studied, 23 % of Black men are either in jail, on probation or on parole on any given day. 10.3% of all males drop out of high school.  41% of these dropouts are Hispanic. (Source: 2006 Dropout and Completion Rates: US Department of Education) The criminal justice system, as a whole, remains overwhelmingly populated by men at  approximately 87 percent.

The criminal justice system is disproportionately populated by minorities and the poor.