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Fatherhood Not Just For Men

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Organization Develops College Scholarship, Aides Homeless Youth


Terry Boykins
4Positive Knowledge, an organization involved in underwriting and promoting positive messages and programs geared to youth and parents, via its Street Style PositiveTM operation, recently formed a collaboration to undertake the issue of fatherhood.

Headed by Terry Boykins, founder, the effort involves various outreaches to address the major impact a father, or lack thereof, has on a person from childhood to adulthood.

One such outreach involved a May 19 Fatherhood Conference that was offered to both professionals and the general public.  While the public forum had great impact and offered significant dialogue, the professional session had to be cancelled due to low interest and attendance; much difficulty was had in getting social service agencies to provide support and training materials, programs and information targeted to fathers.  A line-up of the event's presenters and topics are available at the organization's website.

Having gained significant attention from the conference T-shirt entitled "Fatherhood: Live it.  Don't Leave it", Boykins is now offering them on line at www.streetpositive.com.  Of which, he says, will be a means to continue the campaign without having to rely heavily on other resources.  Moreover, he stated, a portion of the proceeds will be allocated to support college scholarships for homelessness youth and for those in transitional-living; Los Angeles, CA based Dream Center has been the recipient of 4Positive Knowledge's scholarship giving in the past.  The goal: 1MM "Fatherhood: Live it.  Don't Leave it" T-shirts. 

Boykins, also a father of two teenagers, says he has learned a great deal in the quest to increase awareness about the role and impact a father has not just in the home, but in a community.  "Over the past couple years, I have had the privilege of working (and learning) with Pamela Stewart, President, Positively Training!, Inc., about the social service aspects of children services, as well as, the co-parenting skills and techniques needed to raise an emotionally healthy child.  There is  a lot of work to done, in this country - and possibly around the world, when it comes to equipping men with the necessary tools it takes to be good fathers."

In a fun, but serious message, Street Style PositiveTM created the "Father's Day vs. Fatherhood Showdown" with a boxing match style to learn which one the public would most likely opt for.  Boykins says that the feedback has been both interesting and touching.

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