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November 15, 2017

SCCFF Hosts First Young Fatherhood Documentary Premiere

On October 26, the Center and A Father’s Place hosted the first of several screenings for its “Facing Early Fatherhood” documentary which examines the choices and challenges of becoming a father at an early age. The event was held at the Burroughs and Chapin Auditorium at Horry Georgetown Technical College in Conway, South Carolina.

HGTC President Dr. Marilyn Fore kicked off the event with opening remarks to 65 invited guests from Horry and Georgetown counties. The private screening served as a community forum for educators, health and human service providers, state and local government officials and civic leaders to gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding teen pregnancy and the needs of young fathers in the community.

After the screening, the audience participated in a panel discussion featuring parenting expert Jim Rogers, Family Life Educator Sherry Coutain, Family Court Judge Jan Holmes, high school Coach Michael Quinn and A Father’s Place Intervention Specialist Jonathan Bennett.

The documentary will serve as a tool to raise awareness of the Center’s work with young fathers and to gain support for its fatherhood programs. The Center plans to host several more premieres throughout the state. The next documentary premiere is scheduled for January 11, 2018 at Richland Library Sandhills in Columbia, SC and will be presented in partnership with Midlands Fatherhood Coalition.

SCCFF Program Manager Marc Himes facilitates the panel discussion at the "Facing Early Fatherhood" premiere at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, SC. 

Panelists for the "Facing Early Fatherhood" premiere (l-r): Jim Rogers, Founder of Still Learning; Jonathan Bennett, Invention Specialist at A Father's Place; Judge Jan Holmes, 15th Judicial Circuit Family Court Judges; Coach Michael Quinn, Georgetown County School District; Sherry Coutain,Family Life Educator with Family Outreach of Horry County.