At the press conference, Borough President Oddo announced the creation of a Staten Island Borough Hall Council on Boys and Men. This signifies the first-ever government agency attending to the ways we can prevent the boy crisis. According to Dr. Farrell, “the boy crisis resides where dads do not reside,” and that it was dad-deprived boys behind the vast majority of mass shootings, crimes, and ISIS recruits.
“We’re beginning to do something about it with your efforts on Staten Island,” said Dr. Farrell.
Borough President Oddo announced that Sen. Diane Savino has agreed to serve as his co-chair on the council. They are currently seeking members who wish to join the council.
The ultimate goal of this council is to create a White House Council on Boys and Men. Borough President Oddo and City Councilman Joe Borelli sent a joint letter to Lynn Patton, head of Region II of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, to ask her support in creating a national council. Anthony C. Ferreri, regional director of United States Department of Health & Human Services, has agreed to work with the Staten Island Borough Hall Council on Boys and Men to push for a White House Council on Boys and Men.
“This is the crossroads and the culmination of what has been 27 years of work in both our Council team and in our Borough Hall team. If you look at the common denominator throughout that work, it has been about young people,” said Borough President Oddo. “When I reached out to Dr. Warren after reading his book ‘The Boy Crisis,’ we set up a time to talk and he said to me, ‘two things, Jim, if you want to do good work on this: Would you be willing to create a Staten Island Council on Boys and Men and would you be willing to help us convince the White House to create a Council on Boys and Men?’ That is what we are doing. This is about boys and men, but this is (also) about girls and women. The sooner we get to identifying and working on the ways to help our young boys, they will grow into men who help other young boys who will grow into men who do not abuse women, but into men who lift women.”
“In talking to James, it makes it apparent that this is a man who doesn’t just read, I think he translates into action,” said Dr. Farrell.
There are 70 different metrics which demonstrate the undeniable truth that a boy crisis exists in America. A few of them include the following:
- Between the ages of 10 and 14, boys commit suicide at almost twice the rate as girls.
- Between the ages of 15 and 19, boys commit suicide at four times the rate of girls.
- Between the ages of 22 and 24, male suicide is five and six times that of females.
- More black boys between the ages of 10 and 20 are killed by homicide than by the next nine leading causes of death combined.
- While the rate of obesity amongst adolescent girls has stabilized, the rate for boys is increasing.
- Young men have gone from 61 percent obtaining a college degree to a projected 39 percent.
- Our sons are twice as likely as our daughters to be killed by accident.
- We are less likely to read to our sons.
- Women constitute 75 percent of those who seek professional help to prevent suicide; men constitute 75 percent of those who actually do commit suicide.
- Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.
- A third of boys are raised in father-absent homes.
- In 1920, American males lived on average only one year less than females; today it is five years less.
Dr. Farrell is a former board member of the National Organization for Women, and who in 2009 was invited by President Barack Obama to be a leading adviser of what was planned to be a White House Council on Girls and Women.
To arrange an interview with Dr. Farrell, please contact Kevin McVicker at Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.