Connecting the Presence of an Honored Father
Kenneth Braswell of Father’s Incorporated was recently honored on OWN’s Spotlight Celebrating Black Fatherhood. It brought back a positive memory of the dad event (The Dad Factor: Presence) hosted by the Georgia Center for Opportunity, where fathers and father’s to be from all walks of life, gathered in one place to see, hear and connect stories and strategies on being present.
We were honored to have Kenneth Braswell as one our profound speakers. He spoke to the men with humility and boldness about going beyond their profession as a father, the impact of a father’s involvement in his home, and the importance of being a role model to our youth.
Very few women were present at the event and as the coordinator, I was able to stand back and watch the energy in the room come to life when the men began to share their fatherhood stories of tragedy and triumph.
What I witnessed was uplifting and remarkable. It confirmed for me why the work of strengthening families and partnership is extremely important to families flourishing.
“They’re [children with present fathers are] more likely to have high-paying jobs and healthy, stable relationships when they grow up.”.
Dads are not alone and need support
The men in that room, on that specific day, received confirmation from other men in knowing that they were not alone.
At GCO, we know that dads are not alone and need support which is one of the reasons we offer relationship education classes, workshops and resources to dads and families. Research indicates(Fatherly.com) that when a dad is present and engaged in their child’s life they are less likely to drop out of school or wind up in jail compared to children with absent fathers or male caretakers or role models.
Take a moment to look at the dad crisis absence brochure when fathers aren’t present from The Father Source.
It is great to know that Kenneth Braswell of Fathers Incorporated continues to do the work that helps fathers be
present as fathers and as community leaders.
Call our offices at 770-242-0001 to find out more about our relationship education/training resources.
I have a 16 year old son and his dad is not in his life would like a male role role. Do you have a program like that.