Ne-Yo is speaking out about his childhood in an attempt to shine light on America's foster care system. Ne-Yo credits his mom for helping him overcome his frustration with the fact that his dad left the family.
There are half a million children in America's foster care system, many of whom face a life in foster care that can be worse than their family lives. Foster parents are often under compensated and under trained to take care of children who feel unwanted and unloved.
Ne-Yo believes we all have a responsibility toward our future, and thus all children. To see what he's doing about it,
. To show his appreciation for those doing something positive, the Grammy winning singer-song writer is throwing a brunch this Sunday for 50 single and foster mothers.
Ne-Yo told AP:
They need something special. So with the success I've been given, through the blessings I have, how could I not use it for good? This is a way to help people who deserve it — for both the mothers and children.
At the Mother's Day brunch, Ne-Yo will perform and childcare workers will entertain young children, while their mothers enjoy themselves.
I think it's wonderful that Ne-Yo is showing his appreciation for his mother with an event that celebrates other strong mothers, while also shining attention on a crisis facing America. What are you doing this Mother's Day to show your mom you appreciate her?