In this episode, we interview Keynon Lake, the founder of a youth mentorship program called My Daddy Taught Me That.

Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • The story of how Keynon started My Daddy Taught Me That (MDTMT)
  • What it was like for Keynon to grow up in Asheville, NC
  • How Keynon has seen Asheville change over the years
  • The work of MDTMT as it tries to solve a human problem
  • How Keynon has grown and expanded the program and what plans he has for the future

We hope you enjoy this episode with Keynon!

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Show Notes

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About Keynon Lake

Born and raised in Asheville, Keynon Lake is an author, mentor, social worker, radio host, and public speaker. In 2012, he founded My Daddy Me and has been running the program on a volunteer basis since.

My Daddy Taught Me That

My Daddy Taught Me That is a program designed to support the development, uplift, and education of youth and young males. The organization’s focus is to teach young men how to transition from the young teen adolescent time in their lives into responsible young men; focusing on good decision making, accepting responsibility, and being accountable for their actions. Visit to learn more.

My Sistah Taught Me That

My Sistah Taught Me That is the sister program (no pun intended!) to My Daddy Taught Me That. It’s dedicated to the development, encouragement, inspiration, and education of young girls with a special focus on girls growing up in single-parent homes without their father. Visit to learn more. Leslie Council is the founder of My Sistah Taught Me That.

YMI Building

Young Men’s Institute (YMI) Building is a historic meeting hall located at Asheville. It has historically housed shops, residence rooms, meeting rooms, and a wide variety of functions serving the local African American community. Today the YMI hosts a variety of intercultural programs and events

Music by Commonwealth Choir

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