Gentlemen, Shall We Begin Again?
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The long-standing problems facing African-American male youth are reaching crisis proportions. The challenge is to find effective strategies to help these youths become productive and successful participants in society. Interventions are needed that not only prevent delinquency but change the societal context in which these children live. The Fifth Ward Enrichment Program (FWEP) is such an intervention. This community-based, primary prevention program is designed to be a positive influence on males aged 11 to 14, most of whom live in female-headed households. FWEP was developed to address the special needs of these young men by instilling values, teaching skills, and guiding behavior in order to help them achieve responsible adulthood.