To the Editor,

Hi, everyone ó

Today, Iím thinking about all the dads across the country, spending time with family and loved ones -- and especially those fathers serving our country overseas, who canít be home with their kids today.

But Iím also thinking about all the young people out there who donít have a dad in their lives at all -- or who donít always enjoy the opportunities and support that come with having strong role models.

It reminds me why we started the ďMy Brotherís KeeperĒ initiative in the first place: because we need to do more to help young people go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them, no matter what they look like or where they grow up.

I know Iím only here because people took a chance on me, and believed in me when I didnít always believe in myself. And I want to give more kids that chance. Itís an all-hands-on-deck effort, from the folks on my staff -- to you.

You can invest in our young people, and help them be successful. You can commit to doing it right now.

Make a pledge to mentor a young person in your community here.

For me, this is personal.

And for millions of young Americans around the country, it just might be life-changing.

Thank you ó and Happy Fatherís Day.

President Barack Obama,

Washington, D.C.