The Need

What I’ve found about it is that there are some folks you can talk to until you’re blue in the face–they’re never going to get it and they’re never going to change. But every once in a while, you’ll run into someone who is eager to listen, eager to learn, and willing to try new things. Those are the people we need to reach. We have a responsibility as parents, older people, teachers, people in the neighborhood to recognize that. – Tyler Perry, Don’t Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings

The need is urgent, and quite frankly, overwhelming within our cities and counties. Each year in Colorado there are thousands of young babies born to single young moms. We have discovered that wherever there is a baby, there is typically a young dad in the shadows. Where does he go? Who is there to help him with the small things like changing diapers and holding a baby, to the more complex issues of learning what it means to be a dad, dealing with family crisis, and supporting this new life.

Our city, county, and state resources are being overrun with the needs within our communities, but the needs of young fathers continue to be overlooked and underfunded. Our desire is for the Young Dads Achieving Careers Program to meet the needs of young fathers and to be a strong voice to help the community as a whole to realize we can no longer ignore this critical and highly underserved segment within society!

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