I attended the Western Conservative Summit at the Denver Convention Center this past weekend. There were many interesting and inspiring speakers. Those that presented spoke about complex issues such as immigration, the opioid crisis, violence, foreign policy, education reform, just to name a few.
The speaker that brought down the house was Mr. Larry Elder, an attorney, author and talk show host who happens to be Black. He told the story about his father and the importance of the life lessons he taught him to get to success. He went on to talk about the crisis of father absence and the social science especially in the Black community. According to the US Census Bureau 19.7 million children (one in 4) reside in a home without a father. He went on to outline the data that shows when a child is raised in a father-absent home, he or she is affected in the following ways:
The children are:
Although these statistics are compelling, single moms are doing a heroic job and many young people do amazingly well even without a dad in the home. What Mr. Elder was outlining was that we need to do something to heal the family, so ALL children thrive and succeed.
We must work together to increase the value of committed love, marriage, family formation and marriage strengthening. The Center for Relationship Education (CRE) works with community partners such as the Denver Rescue Mission, Goodwill, Mi Casa, all 5 military bases in Colorado, Arapahoe HHS and with an organization called Responder Strong teaching skills to police officers, firefighters, and EMTs. CRE develops relationship skills, such as communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, attachment theory, fun and friendship, goal setting, financial literacy, and delivers a host of family strengthening services to fathers and their partners. CRE provides families and individuals with support, knowledge and the skills necessary to build and maintain healthy relationships. Relationship skills educators recognize and address expectations about relationships that come from families of origin and early experiences. A primary goal of CRE is to broaden the target group receiving marriage education services and reach out to families that may otherwise not know about, or have access to, marriage education and family-strengthening programs such as low-income couples, as well as diverse ethnic groups. Programs that teach about marriage and building healthy relationships serve all types of people: unmarried or married couples, single individuals who want to learn about what it takes to develop a successful relationship and marriage, and even young people who want to learn dating and partner selection strategies. It is time to work together and let men know how important they are to the health and well-being of their children. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.myrelationshipcenter.org
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