Dedicated Men Mentoring brings community stakeholders together to help youth

Waveland, Miss. (WLOX) — Nonprofits in Hancock County are a little more connected thanks to an effort by one man on a mission to help give young people the guidance they need.

It’s more likely to happen if you work in a team.

It starts with a handshake. It leads to a conversation and hopefully leads to a better life.

“We want to put role models back in the community and give children access to adults who have skills and talent and make them accessible to children in the community,” said Dr. Gregory J. Barabino, Founder of Dedicated Men. Mentoring.

To do that, Barabino, who has been a mentor for 25 years, said networking among nonprofits is key.

The agency he started sponsored Sunday’s Community Actors Beach Party at Waveland.

“Nobody can do it all by themselves,” said Charles Marshall, representing the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. “So if we come together, we can help these kids have a better life, a better job, and make the country a better place…I tell people all the time, you can’t wait for the kids to come to you. You have to go to them.

Barabino recruited partners through fraternal organizations and community leaders to launch the effort.

Bay St. Louis City Judge Stephen Maggio and his wife have been foster parents for more than 20 years.

“In my personal experience, I’ve seen how if a person gets involved with a young person and is willing to take the time and invest, the repercussions of that – the change you can make in someone’s life. a – are dramatic,” he said.

Denise Osborne said Barabino’s involvement had already helped her nephew, Donsha Portis.

“He showed me things that changed my life,” he said.

Osborne added: “Anyone can throw a football at a child, but is someone going to dedicate that time to this child who needs academic knowledge. My nephew has improved in reading. He was behind. He went up three levels.

If you want to learn more about Dedicated Men Mentoring, check out the group’s Facebook page,

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