Youth Violence Prevention Initiative presents “Father Connection”

Coming up this Saturday, an intriguing presentation at West Seattle’s Southwest Community Center, just announced as part of the city’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative – read on for details:

Fathers, children, *tweens, teens, and anyone who serves as a male role model for a child are invited to a free presentation on *Father Connection: Building a Community of Fathers and Role Models* from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Southwest Community Center, 2801 SW Thistle St.

Father Connection draws from the book by Josh McDowell, The Father Connection: How You Can Make the Difference in Your Child*s Self-Esteem and Sense of Purpose.

Parks offers the event under the umbrella of Mayor Greg Nickels’ Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, which is setting a new direction by identify the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, which identifies and helps children who at are at vulnerable points in their lives. Specifically, it will:
· Help youth with repeat offenses re-enter society from state detention programs.
· Provide alternatives for youth who are arrested for crimes, but released because they don’t meet the admission criteria for county detention.

· Help middle-school truants and students at risk of suspension stay in school and succeed.
· Prevent victims of violence and their friends and relatives from continuing the cycle of violence through retaliation.

The event welcomes teen fathers, young adult fathers, uncles, grandfathers, mentors, and role models, and seeks to connect kids and fathers with resources that can help strengthen their relationships. These relationships can then lead to increased self-esteem and strong life skills that can help the youth make good choices and succeed as mature adults.

McDowell*s book refers to the task of being a father as *the most important job in the world,* and offers advice on subjects that include being a dad in tough times, the father as friend and refuge, the father who disciplines, and the father and respect.

The event is free, and will feature food and activities! Evento Gratis!! Comida, Activdades! Free transportation is available; call for more details! Transport disponible hame por detalles!

For more information or to reserve a spot for you and your youth, please call Jeron Gates at 206-255-4051.

Suggested reading: The Father Connection: How You Can Make the Difference in Your Child*s Self-Esteem and Sense of Purpose, by Josh McDowell.

7 Replies to "Youth Violence Prevention Initiative presents "Father Connection""

  • Jim October 13, 2009 (4:28 pm)

    Do you mean “…presents Father Connection”

  • Fiver October 13, 2009 (4:44 pm)

    Prevents = presents in the headline?

  • Marco October 13, 2009 (4:47 pm)

    “Presents” not “Prevents” :)

  • marty October 13, 2009 (4:58 pm)

    Good deal, this is a step toward solving a big problem by going to the root cause: kids being born out of wedlock into poverty with no father-figure or family structure. It’s about time.

  • Denny October 13, 2009 (5:14 pm)

    “Prevents” or “Presents”?

  • WSB October 13, 2009 (5:32 pm)

    Thanks all, definitely a candidate for unfortunate typo of the year.

  • Ruth October 30, 2009 (6:29 pm)

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if you’d be interested in writing a post on a new initiative funded by the city of Seattle. The Real Relationships (aka Get R.E.A.L.) program is an afterschool project partnered with the YMCA. This preventative program is being implemented at Madison Middle School and West Seattle High School focusing on building healthy relationship skills to prevent future dating and domestic violence. We are also partnered with SCAN Youth media to develop a media campaign on teen relations. Please feel free to get in touch for more information. It would be wonderful to inform the community about this through your blog.
    Thanks so much,
    Ruth Yeo

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