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According to information from the U.S. Census, almost half of all African-American children in the country don't grow up with the steady father figure in their lives.Sheldon Smith was one of these people.But when his daughter was born in 2009, he didn't just commit to staying involved in her life, he later started a nonprofit program to help other young men do the same thing.Since 2010, almost 200 young fathers have completed it.
Growing up, my father was in and out of my life.I remember when I was a young boy, my father said he's going to pick me up.I sat on the porch all day and he never came.I grew up broken. I just started hanging with the wrong people.When I got out of jail, I was able to go back to high school. I graduated on time.My daughter Jada is the light of my life.Wanting to be the best example for her, that is my number one concern.A lot of young men faced the same issues that I was facing.
My father was in and out of my life.
My father was a heroine addict.
He didn't teach me how to be a man.
He didn't know who I was.
I don't want to go see that man.
How many of y'all looking to be role model to y'all own kid.
I wanted to provide these men with the skills that they need to be great role models and successful fathers to their children.
A lot of dads come out and say, I didn't grow with my daddy, so I really don't know how to be father.If it played an effect on you, what are you going to do to better your child's life?
We teach the fathers parenting skills, life skills, and they receive a job, a GED, or training, along with the.
I mean, this program, I'm trying to do better. But my son, you're going to have to do whatever you do. Amen.
It's not a mandatory program.So, these young men are really volunteering to get the help and support that they actually need.
Without Sheldon, I'd probably still be out in the street somewhere.He really opened up my eyes and he inspired me to go back to school.
Come on. Dad will follow you.
The program thought me I can be a man by being a father to my baby.
I'm a fourth time dad again.
When I look at these young men, I see me in them all the time.
So, three girls and one boy.
I have three girls and one boy.
Fatherhood doesn't come with a manual.I'm able to help young men turn their lives around by breaking the cycle of fatherless homes.
What started as an Easter egg hunt on Good Friday turned into a hunt for suspected burglars.In a small village outside London, kids were having fun with their families when they noticed a police helicopter had flown up and that two men were racing across a field.After seeing where the men were headed, the kids dropped to the ground and formed a human arrow, pointing police toward the suspects.Shortly afterward, the suspects were arrested.It will be quick to point out that the kids fielded the challenge well.It's easy to say, flow, their excellent detective work made a great point, and helped catch the suspects with police.
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