Greensboro, N.C. (May 27, 2019) – For three years, I Am A Queen has worked only with fatherless girls to empower through its annual community forum and now in its fourth year, the organization is adding fatherless sons to the conversation. On Saturday, June 1, I Am A Queen will host the Fatherless Sons and Daughters Community Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, located at 134 S. Elm St., Greensboro, N.C. 27401. The event will have a reception prior to the program sponsored by Downtown Greensboro, Inc.
According to the National Center for Fathering report on The Consequences of Fatherlessness, children who are fatherless are more likely to experience poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, physical and emotional health decline, suicide, low educational achievement, crime (juvenile delinquency), sexual abuse and violence, risky sexual activity and teen pregnancy. A child can be defined as fatherless due to a lack of an emotional bond between their fathers due to, but not limited to: death, divorce, abuse, addiction, incarceration or abandonment.
The Fatherless Sons and Daughters Community Forum is vital to the community because it is designed to bring fathers together to empower, encourage and enlighten young kings and queens about their self-worth and offer guidance in areas they may lack. The goal of the forum is to show fatherhood in a positive light and provide teens with the tools to forgive and move forward in their lives by making healthy decisions.
The community forum will be hosted by James Penn, Owner and Partner of The Penn Agency, LLC.
The speakers that will serve on the panel are:
· Angel Guerrero -- TEDx Speaker, Business Owner and Community Advocate
· Chris Lea -- WXII Traffic Anchor and On-air personality for 102 Jamz
· Marcus Gause -- Principal at T.W. Andrews High School in High Point, N.C.
· Chris Wallace – Award-Winning Program Director at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Founder of his speaking platform, “ChrisInspiresYou”
I Am A Queen has partnered with Crossroads: Pathways to Success, a Greensboro-based male mentoring program for boys and Father Figures Forever as a resource for fathers.
All ages are welcome and the forum is free and open to the community. Attendees can register at www.iamaqueen.org.