I was meeting with Ed Glover, Founder of Urban Impact, yesterday and he talked to me a lot about their upcoming event: Man-Up Pittsburgh. It’s a conference for men to address the issue of fatherless homes in our society. In our meeting, he shared with me just a few stats about fatherless homes:
- 90% of the homeless population comes from fatherless homes
- 70% of juveniles come from fatherless homes
- 80% of rapes are a result of fatherless homes
- 63% of suicides come from fatherless homes
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
I went online and found even more statistics here: http://thefatherlessgeneration.wordpress.com/statistics/
Although I am not a dad yet, I know I have been impacted by having great dad and by other men who have become father figures to me. One day I will be a dad and that I want to be the best dad I can possibly be. I also realize that I have a part to play in reaching the fatherless. I can be a father figure to someone without a father.
That is the purpose of this event, to get men to man-up and deal with this problem straight on. We all have a role to play. I can’t encourage you enough to get to this conference!
Here is a video from Mike Tomlin, Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, talking about the event.
Several Steelers, including Coach Mike Tomlin, will be speaking at the event.There will also be several break-out sessions with local pastors talking about being a great dad as well.The conference will be on Saturday, June 8th at Orchard Hill Church from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is $35 until the end of April. In May, the cost will go up to $40/ticket.
To learn more about the speakers and to register for the conference, go here: https://urbanimpactpittsburgh15847.thankyou4caring.org/2013-dads-conference
I hope to see you there! Let’s man-up together! Let me know if you’d like to come with me!
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