Program teaches immature African-American men to be best fathers they can be

CHICAGO — They’re young, between the ages of 17 and 24, but all of them are fathers, CBS Chicago reports.

This week, they graduated from the Dovetail Project, a program teaching them how to be the best dads they can be.

“He means everything. He’s the reason because we arise up every day,” Corey Lennore says of his son, Corey Jr.


Corey Lennore

Still, Corey Lennore says he wanted to learn how to be the best father he could be.

“I always consider there’s room for improvement. I’m not perfect, and we could really advantage from this program,” he says.

The Dovetail Project has been a godsend, he says: “I’ve never been around so many immature black men my age but drama.”

Sheldon Smith combined Dovetail Project 7 years ago. His program’s idea is to give immature African-American fathers the superintendence they need to take caring of their children.

“When fathers aren’t involved, the odds and outcomes around children being successful or being jailed or unwell in school and teen pregnancy — all of that information skyrockets,” Smith says.

Facilitator Vernon Owens covers a lot of belligerent in 12 weeks. He advises students on all aspects of child care. Dovetail connects the immature men to preparation and pursuit training so that they can yield for their sons and daughters.

“They get a stipend, a job, GED or a trade once they finish the program,” Smith says.

Lennore says they also get something else from one another: encouragement.  “We motivate any other. We do pursuit searches together. It’s a good thing,” he says.

At Dovetail Project, every day is Father’s Day.

Since 2010, scarcely 300 immature men have been by the program.


Young fathers attend in the Dovetail Project.

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