Queens, N.Y. – Nestled in the Jamaica neighborhoods near Hollis Ave. and Murdock Ave. for 11 sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout July and August, the Furthering Fathering Corporation shared their L.O.V.E. curriculum with the Police Athletic League’s youth. It was very well received by the children, the counselors and the staff, who were in active attendance at Intermediate School (IS) 192, especially by P.A.L. director, Ursula Hunter-Cooper, who graciously invited Furthering Fathering and gave a hearty thumbs up.
This was a change of pace and target audience for the ministry, which primarily focuses on elevating and blessing fatherhood. However, after receiving wisdom from one of their mentors, Jesus Ferrer, they came to understand that the children need hope and character building as much as their fathers. The beginning point of learning qualitative parenting and adulthood actually begins in childhood.
“They may not get this at home or in school. How will they know, unless someone tells them” said Mr. Ferrer.
Preemptively going beyond mere academics and behavior modification, L.O.V.E. went straight to dealing with character. The L.O.V.E. curriculum, which is an acronym for leadership, observation, value and empowerment, was facilitated by NYC Dads Matter Award winner, Lamont Jones, Sr.. Mr. Jones diligently poured out hope and gave each participant the blessing, despite recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and passing of a dear aunt. His dedication spoke with great a volume and clarity about leadership as the students were able to observe someone treating their time and presence with great value intentionally to empower them.
His wife, Wendy, two of his children, Si’Yana and Lamont, Jr., and mentee Tiffany Robinson also played major roles in expressing L.O.V.E. to the youth at P.A.L.. It was truly family teaching and showing values.
The students were rewarded with a sense of who they can become if they are held accountable and encouraged to aggressively prepare, plan, participate and persevere. It is one thing to have a dream, idea or images of what may happen in the future. It is another thing entirely to hone in your potential, seize your dream, take hold of the possibilities and allow wisdom, character, quality relationships and best practices help you see them come to pass.
Watch this video and see the impact of GOD working through Furthering Fathering to give hope, elevate fatherhood and bless families even into the next generation.
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