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-- City University of New York -- academy is an extraordinary program it's a free full month three day program.
Where father ages eighteen to twenty falcon the GD prepare for college get work experience or -- time jaw.
We joined now in the studio by the program coordinator -- Brooks.
And -- Gonzalez who is a graduate all of the fatherhood academy great to see -- -- -- I let us first of -- rating.
This -- tell me tell me the thinking behind setting up this program in the first place.
So so program care about last year.
And came out of be -- New York City young men's initiative.
Which is a program designed to assist.
Young black and Latino males.
Two you know.
Destroy us on the negatives out there.
With -- so we we started in Nam 2012.
That's -- before and -- we.
We've seen over 82 graduates -- that at this time that actually gets the program -- And indeed the New York City initiative.
I was an open response that some of the some of the stopping figures out what we wouldn't put Wednesday.
Of children under the age of eighteen in New York City.
-- without a dad present in their lives.
A number of homes without a father and terms of demographics 51%.
-- African American.
African American homes a file those 46% Hispanic 11% like those -- frightening figure.
So and on the the idea behind a program basically is to.
Those statistics change when we introduced education.
As well as unemployed -- is they changed drastically.
Our -- as a more president of children's lives.
Was then on the fix poverty and you know.
It employment issues poverty.
-- issues as well so that clean up program.
Is this is the purpose.
You know we want to connect with these young guys.
And connect them would -- Things they may not have.
-- options on you know we deafening when you connect them to the right.
Places the B.
And not -- you're a graduate of this program.
And talk to us a little bit about how it changed you.
Your life your kids' lives.
-- -- -- father of three and a time of scene flyer.
What Kim you followed academy -- is based at LaGuardia in college.
I was -- -- doubtful and then this program -- cold and they helped me out with communicating.
And healthy and better myself went through education they also got me back -- College I'm one of the on my second.
-- -- -- -- -- And I'm studying accounting and also -- to -- the young fellows that that come into the program and also meant to them as well.
What do you could say about it they're excited they enjoy come to work with me when that they're able to come with me.
Actually had an opportunity to speak at Gracie Mansion for the mayor.
And they also they there's there's a cadence that's that's who have who have three Tyler Layla my two oldest and -- all -- -- them -- throughout fart and home.
Yeah and there they're excited when I do armor but do they sit down and do -- right with.
Didn't it it's literally change your life yes.
I'm actually has a home unfortunately I didn't have too good of report what my yeah my -- mother and however through a program -- -- would learn how to communicate better and luckily I was in -- attend her first birthday this year she's turned sent.
So wonderful so it at the ready when you when you see.
Then they hear stories -- you see them you actually you lived.
The story of people like -- -- what sort of satisfaction you get from a.
It's amazing that's truly amazing.
-- I think we have a connections to the future leaders of our country and let alone you have treated.
What -- is a perfect example of that.
He gives back to our our new classes and move without him a lesson semester.
Yeah I don't know where we it mean to -- that.
He's become a mentor.
I can see this aside from just the fathers the children -- being.
Connected to two different options now -- this you know I can actually go to college myself.
Which is incredible.
I think one of the biggest things that we have -- was there will located on.
A college campus you know -- been very instrumental.
And insisting -- and giving these guys.
A perspective that they they -- -- have seen before.
Would Ocalan wider community college.
And it's amazing that the guys are all on the elevator which college students aren't you know it's -- it's.
-- today and that that act as a different atmosphere that.
Well -- but -- he just before wrapping up here detonated if this.
-- some young men watching this right now struggling with the kind of issues that you struggled with the -- struggling with the idea.
And had to be a responsible father or dual message -- first refusal to listen -- Don't give up life isn't over yet it's just the beginning it's not only -- -- now you when your child it's a team effort work as unit and work your way up.
-- -- -- Exactly there's hope out there -- and hope out there and support.
And we're here to support UN you know this.
Since take it to the next millennium -- -- on this let's listen -- not to stop New York City the state is home country.
Provides support for example office.
Right -- such an important thing in those situations.
And this really is a great program -- Brooks is the program coordinator.
I would -- fatherhood academy based at LaGuardia community college -- Gonzales is a graduate -- said academy and you wanna find out -- and if you want to get that kind of support how open.
Three G put it an entire new lease on life -- go to LaGuardia.
Don't Q any adult -- CUNY oversee dot ED UI gentlemen great to have told -- it really is a great program thanks for sharing your -- -- are.