You may have noticed and increase in men with beards and mustaches around the town lately.
It's all because of something people call 'No-Shave November,' or 'Movember.'
WFFT spoke with representatives of a group in Fort Wayne who is using the month to help at-risk youth.
The local non-profit group 'The Framework' is taking it to another level- using the act of not shaving to raise awareness, and funds, for teen mentoring programs.
It's growing all across the region, as men everywhere stop shaving for the month.
A phenomenon started over the internet a few years ago, has grown like a beard as an opportunity to help kids.
"I was shaving, and I was thinking about my thirteen-year-old son and how pretty soon it's going to be a time for me to teach him how to shave. That's sort of an American ritual. And it struck me that so many of the kids that we work with don't have that person in their life to hand that down,” says Donny Manco.
Manco runs New Republic Tattoo in Fort Wayne.
He also runs 'The Framework'- a ministry that runs a skate shop and park, and operates mentoring programs for teens.
At the end of October, he started asking everyone he knew to stop shaving.
"When people ask you what's going on, and you have an opportunity to talk, use that as an opportunity to mention that so many kids in our very own city don't have an adult, a mentor, a male figure to teach them to shave, that this is going to be our response,” Manco says.
On its web site, the framework is asking for people to promise to not shave all month, and to make pledges of $30 to $100.
Manco says he hopes to raise $5000 to expand their teen mentoring program.
He says, with forty homicides in Allen County this year- it's needed.
"You would be amazed at how many of those names and faces that I've seen in the headlines are people that I'm connected with, people that we are *this close* to being able to reach in our community. Some of those kids walk away and never come back, and at least one of two of them unfortunately I've seen in the headlines. It does not have to be this way, it doesn't,” Manco says.
It's not too late to stop shaving and get involved.
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