In recent years, increased attention has been focused on the roles of fathers and their importance to the health and well-being of families; those roles and the policies and programs that could strengthen them were explored at the June First Tuesdays discussion moderated by Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute. Freya Sonenstein of the Urban Institute discussed strategies for improving the productive and social health of young men and that could prevent or at least delay unwed fatherhood. Christina Hoff Sommers of the American Enterprise Institute discussed how young men fare in school, and considered approaches that might raise the educational competencies of young men, and thus their ability to help support a family. George Garrow of the National Organization of Concerned Black Men shared his understanding of the experiences of young minority males as they grow up and described programs that help these youth learn what it takes to become a responsible, involved, caring and effective father. (Author abstract).
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