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April 26, 2016

The effects of incarceration are felt far beyond prison walls.  New research estimates that more than 5 million children, or 7% of all children in the United States, have had a parent in prison at some point during their childhood.  Every year more than 600,000 individuals return to our neighborhoods after serving time in federal and state prisons and another 11.4 million cycle through local jails.  Though every family’s story is different,... Continue Reading

January 11, 2016

January is National Mentoring Month and Monday, January 18, 2016 is National Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service.

Chances are that if you are reading this post you are already committed to being a positive, loving, and strong influence in the life of your own children, and in the lives of the other children in your life and community. This month, further your commitment by volunteering with your family and finding... Continue Reading

May 18, 2015

Ed. Note: This article originally appeared on Youth Today. Read the original post here.By the time Natasha was eight, she barely spoke in school. In fact, she rarely spoke to any adults. Raised in Portland, Ore., by her great-grandmother, Natasha was paralyzed by her fears of rejection, distrust and low self-esteem.

She had sporadic contact with her parents, and other adult family members repeatedly told her she would never amount to... Continue Reading

April 19, 2013

Growing up I have fond memories of accompanying my mother and father to work. With great anticipation I would jump into the car and head to work with Mom at least once a year. While the experience was often scary it was exciting to climb up on the big chair in the back of the room and watch Mom work. Mom was a High School Home Economics teacher at an urban school in Baltimore, MD.

Going to work with Dad was altogether a different... Continue Reading

June 05, 2012

In response to the call by President Obama to strengthen fathers and families, the NFL Players Association shared the initiative with players, encouraging them to showcase the role of fathers and mentors in their communities.

Ran Carthon, a pro scout with the Atlanta Falcons, responded to the call with an innovative idea: The Fatherhood Ticket Program. Because Carthon wanted to highlight positive role models for change in his community... Continue Reading

June 05, 2012

Today, father absence is among the most pervasive social problems challenging American families. An estimated 24 million children (34 percent) live absent their biological father and these youth are more likely to be poor, use drugs, and experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems.

While the aforementioned family statistics are formidable, there is hope on the horizon. The presence of a responsible father improves... Continue Reading