New Mexico PBS' Public Square presents, “Boys into Men: Role Models & Mentors,” featuring a group of young men of color who normally don’t have prime time television exposure. It's a very personal and candid conversation about striving to overcome the obstacles they face. Joining them are the organizations dedicated to helping, as well as men who are in the process of becoming role models.

Tune into New Mexico PBS' Public Square on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. on Channel 5.1. Funding for Public Square is provided in part by grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and American Graduate.

Across the country, there has been an increased focus on young men of color, because they’re more likely to grow up in poverty, live in unsafe neighborhoods and attend schools that lack resources. They’re also more likely to be punished in school, drop out and get caught up in the justice system. This can impact them and our communities for the rest of their lives.

Rodney Bowe, director for the Men of Color Initiative (MOCI) at the University of New Mexico, a program designed to increase retention and graduation rates at UNM and in the community, was a guest on this week's episode. "It is important that we recognze and value the diversity in our community. We need to pay attention to the bridge between our generations and recognize that all voices have value, from young to old. Mentoring is key, it's an essential element and a catalyst," he said.

Public Square is a part of New Mexico PBS’ commitment to community engagement through meaningful dialogue. Each month, the show allows for a substantive dialogue between citizens and state and local leaders. New Mexico PBS’ goal is to establish Public Square as an integral component of its community service to New Mexico.

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