Ed. Note: Story is modified from an article that first appeared in the St. Louis American. Read the original story here.
Mario Turner sat among 22 members of the Fathers' Support Center of St. Louis' 100th graduating class hosted by Bank of America on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
His two-year-old daughter, Mia, sat on her father's knee, bashfully holding her father's folder containing his graduation certificate.
Turner said he joined the program to learn how to be a better father and he learned how to be more loving and understanding.
"I'm not a quitter at anything," Turner said. "I believe in following it all the way through."
Halbert Sullivan, President and CEO of Fathers' Support Center (FSC), said the graduating class of 22 started with more than 60 men.
"Men sharpen men," Sullivan said. "We have 22 who stood the test, and I'd like to give them my own applause."
"Fatherhood is one of the greatest callings that we ever receive in our lifetime," said Michael McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, who gave the keynote address.
Also on hand were representatives from Sen. Claire McCaskill's office, Sen. Roy Blunt's office, Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson, President and CEO for the National Partnership for Community Leadership and author of the Fatherhood Development Curriculum.
Learn more about Fathers’ Support Center in St. Louis at www.fatherssupportcenter.org