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March 23, 2018

"Facing Early Fatherhood" Premieres in Spartanburg

On February 22, the Center and Upstate Fatherhood Coalition hosted a third screening of the “Facing Early Fatherhood” documentary. The screening was held in the auditorium at Spartanburg Community College’s Downtown Campus.

Spartanburg Community College Vice President of Student Affairs Ron Jackson welcomed more than 80 guests including State Representative Rosalyn Henderson Myers (District 31); other local government officials and civic leaders; health and human service providers; educators, UFC program participants and members of the community.

After the screening, the audience participated in a panel discussion for a deeper conversation on the challenges and choices young fathers face. Executive Director of Middle Tyger Community Center Andrea Moore, Faith for Fathers Founder and Director Jonathan Bright, Thornwell Manager Katie Brophy, Spartanburg County Councilman Mike Brown, CEO and Founder of Children and Choices Lekesa Whitner and Upstate Fatherhood Coalition-Spartanburg Site Manager Andre McCullough served on the panel.

The Center plans to partner with Man 2 Man and Lancaster Fatherhood Project to host upcoming documentary premieres in Darlington County and York County respectively. The aim is to give a glimpse into the difficulties young men often face as a result of becoming parents at an early age and to gain support for the Center and local fatherhood programs.


Guests from the Spartanburg area got to view "Facing Early Fatherhood".
 
More than 80 guests were in the audience during the premiere of "Facing Early Fatherhood".
 
Panelists for the discussion held after the documentary viewing included: Executive Director of Middle
Tyger Community Center Andrea Moore, Faith for Fathers Founder and Director Jonathan Bright, Thornwell Manager Katie Brophy, Spartanburg County Councilman Mike Brown, CEO and Founder of Children and Choices Lekesa Whitner (not pictured) and Upstate Fatherhood Coalition-Spartanburg Site Manager Andre McCullough (also not pictured).
 
Panelist Lekesa Whitner (center) poses with a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Deputy and a Upstate Fatherhood Coalition Outreach Coordinator Anthony Jenkins.