The appropriately-named King Randall of Albany, Georgia, says he has perfected a “man-making machine.”
According to Face2Face Africa, the 21-year-old created The “X” for Boys program — which is completely self-funded — to give troubled boys a second chance by equipping them with necessary life skills.
These life skills — according to Russell — include things like repairing and maintaining cars, cooking, and teaching them how to handle firearms. But, he said, the “man-making machine” can only really work when the participants know how to read, and he acknowledges there’s a literacy problem amongst his clientele.
“Doing different workshops teaching young men how to do different skill trades, we’re also doing a book club and teaching them how to read because 93 percent of the children I come into contact with can’t read,” he said.
To combat this problem and continue to mentor young boys, he’s now launching his program into The “X” for Boys Life Preparatory School.
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In Randall’s previous efforts, he’s already helped students ages one to 17 show a 86 percent improvement rate in comprehension skills.
Ultimately, Randall believes that it takes a village to raise a child, which is his philosophy behind the “man-making machine.” His ultimate goal is to “make men great again,” and that’s his real king-making move.
“Giving them space where they’re around a lot of other young men and around other men trying to mold you and train you. I’ve had kids come find me at my house and come knock and ask to join The “X” for Boys. I’ve had kids message me on Instagram, gang members, you name it,” he said.
Randall is currently raising funds to reach his goal of opening The “X” for Boys Life Preparatory School.
To donate, visit thexforboys.org/donate.