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19 November, 2017

AS WE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY . . .

As we celebrate International Men's Day, let's take a moment to think about how the selfless contributions and sacrifices that Men we know . . . and Men whom we do not and will not have the honor of knowing for a variety of reasons . . . have positively impacted our personal lives, our communities, and our global village. At great risk, Men in our midst have worked and continue to work quietly and unceremoniously to create a world that gives all of us the freedom to dream dreams and to pursue them.  Men are co-architects of our bridge to the future and the glue that holds our families, our communities, and our global village together.  Let's utilize this day -- International Men's Day -- and every day going forward as a platform to express -- in words and in deeds -- to the 3.6 million souls who are males that we see them, that we love them, and that they matter very much to us.

09 November, 2017

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) SERVES UP A STRAIGHT NO CHASER DIALOGUE ON MEN'S ISSUES ON 11 NOVEMBER 2017 COURTESY OF THE TRIBE FAMILY CHANNEL(TM) NETWORK



SAN FRANCISCO, CA (USA) Are Men being negatively stereotyped in films, television dramas, commercials, and situation comedies, and in music videos? Is society, mainstream media, and the entertainment industry sending mixed signals to Men and Boys about masculinity, their roles and responsibilities as Men and Fathers in society, and the rules of engagement for courtship and marriage? What is International Men’s Day, why is it important, and what role is it playing in helping to resolve some of the key challenges which prevent Men and Boys from reaching their full potential? And what do Men really need and want?

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® (www.blogtalkradio.com/gumboforthesoul)) serves up a straight-no chaser dialogue on Men’s Issues with assistance from three key players in the Global Men’s Movement – Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a Gender Issues Thought Leader and Founder of International Men’s Day from Trinidad and Tobago; Mr. Shane Ryan, the Chief Executive Officer for Working With Men and Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Thought Leader from London in the United Kingdom; and from the United States -- Mr. Boysen Hodgson, the Communications Director for the Mankind Project USA, on Saturday, 11 November 2017 from 3:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) through 4:30 P.M. (E.D.T.).

Audience participation is encouraged and listeners can pose questions and comments to the show’s guests by dialing 347-539-5825.

The IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® blog talk radio show is produced and aired by The TRIBE Family Channel™ Network on the second Saturday of each month from 14 October 2016 through 10 March 2018. It is hosted by Diane A. Sears, who is the Managing Editor of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Journal (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com) and the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day (www.internationalmensday.com).

06 November, 2017

PHILADELPHIA MAYOR ISSUES 2017 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY PROCLAMATION



The United States International Men's Day Team is pleased to announce that the City of Philadelphia's Mayor, The Honorable James F. Kenney, has issued a Proclamation for 2017 International Men's Day which designates Sunday, 19 November 2017 as "International Men's Day" throughout the City of Philadelphia (see below).  Inaugurated on 19 November 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a Gender Issues Thought Leader, humanitarian, faculty member in the History Department at the University of West Indies, author, and poet, International Men's Day is observed in 82 nations --  including the United States.   International Men's Day shares a 48 hour partnership with Universal Children's Day which is observed worldwide on 20 November of each year and is endorsed by the United Nations.

 
Approximately  3.6 billion souls of the 7.5 billion souls who occupy this space and place we know as Planet Earth are males – Men and Boys  -- Homeless Men and Boys, Incarcerated Men, Married Men, Divorced Men, Single Men, Men who are Fathers, physically and mentally disabled Men and Boys, Men and Boys who live in poverty, Men and Boys who are Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and agnostics, Men and Boys who are poor or rich, educated or uneducated, Men and Boys of diverse ethnicities and Men and Boys who speak different languages – French, Urdu, Spanish, English, Portugese, Swahili, Xhosa, Arabic, Gaelic, German, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Hindi, Bengali, and Punjabi/Lahnda. The experiences of Men and Boys are as diverse as their age, levels of education, religion, ethnicity, language, and culture. Diversity should evoke celebration and understanding.  Global and Regional Coordinators for 2017 International Men’s Day are encouraging individuals, organizations, and institutions  throughout our global village to build bridges of understanding and not walls that divide and to engage in solutions-based dialogues that create pathways for designing, implementing, and supporting initiatives which recognize the diversity of Men and Boys – particularly their experiences of "marginalization" which are shaped, in part, as an example, by socio-economic status, ethnic and religious bias, language, and culture.  


The 2017 International Men's Day theme -- “Celebrating Men And Boys In All Their Diversity” is a “Call To Action” --- for individuals, institutions, and organizations to innovate the manner in which they design and deliver resources and support services that speak to the unique needs and issues of Men and Boys which address their diversity and to refrain from utilizing an “one-size-fits-all” approach to creating tools for Men and Boys that help them empower themselves and strengthen the communities in which they live.  








27 October, 2017

PHILADELPHIA TO OBSERVE FOURTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR MEN AND BOYS ON 5 NOVEMBER 2017 WITH LAUNCH OF SCI GRATERFORD, PA LIFERS PUBLIC SAFETY INITIATIVE



CONTACT:


OPERATION FRESH START ™ Working Group
USA International Men’s Day Team
267-581-3963
E-Mail: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com
EVENT-BRITE Free Registration Website Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/call-to-action-international-day-of-prayer-for-men-and-boys-sci-graterford-pa-lifers-public-safety-tickets-38557586780



            PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) -- A collaboration between the OPERATION FRESH START™ Working Group and the USA International Men’s Day Team has culminated in the Fourth Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys becoming a launch vehicle for the SCI Graterford, PA Lifers Public Safety Initiative which is a component of OPERATION FRESH START ™. The Honorable James M. DeLeon, a highly acclaimed jurist in the Criminal Court Division of Philadelphia’s Municipal Court, is the architect of OPERATION FRESH START ™ which is being heralded as a Global Model for eradicating recidivism and creating pathways to reintegration and real-life options for formerly incarcerated Men and Women who return to our communities – for the most part – uneducated, unskilled, and unemployable and in dire need of spiritual, emotional, and psychological healing.


          On Sunday, 5 November 2017 – the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys -- key stakeholders in Philadelphia will gather at the Juvenile Justice Center located at 91 North 48th Street from 10:00 A.M. through 12:00 P.M. to participate in a “Call To Action” designed to launch the SCI Graterford, PA Lifers Public Safety Initiative. Created by a group of Thought Leaders at SCI Graterford, the SCI Graterford PA Lifers Safety Initiative sets into motion the establishment of Transformational Centers in mosques and churches throughout the City of Philadelphia which will initiate a spiritual dialogue with youths in our communities; provide mentoring sessions which will positively transform their mindset, decision-making and behavior; and end the culture of crime gripping our communities.


          Leaders in the Interfaith Community, the general public, Criminal Justice Reform and Restorative Justice Reform Thought Practitioners and Thought Leaders, Fatherhood Practitioners, legislators, legal professionals, law enforcement professionals, educators, school administrators, social entrepreneurs, community activists, block captains, and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend this event. Created in 2014 by the USA International Men’s Day Team, the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys brings together religious leaders of all faiths and denominations to embark upon a collaborative journey with other key stakeholders to eradicate key challenges which prevent Men and Boys from reaching their full potential and empowering the communities in which they live. These key challenges include Fatherlessness, the “school-to-prison” pipeline, recidivism, violence, lack of real-life options, unequal or lack of access to mental and physical health resources and support services, hunger, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and ethnic and religious intolerance.


          In the United States, the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys launches the nation’s observance of International Men’s Day (www.internationalmensday.com) which is observed in over 82 nations on 19 November of each year and celebrates and honors the contributions and selfless sacrifices that Men make to our families, our communities, and our world. The SCI Graterford, PA Lifers Public Safety Initiative is a blueprint for moving the key players -- Returning Citizens -- into the equation of eradicating critical challenges that prevent at-risk youths from reaching their full potential; resisting the gravitational pull of the streets and crime; and maturing into productive and purpose-driven adults. OPERATION FRESH START ™ and the SCI Graterford, PA Lifers Public Safety Initiative are in alignment with the mission of the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys – a mission which involves helping at risk-youths – Our Children – transcend the key challenges of crime, hopelessness, lack of male role models, lack of access to legitimate real-life options, and making their journey from childhood to adulthood in a spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally toxic environment. '

          For information about OPERATION FRESH START ™ and the Fourth Annual International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys which is serving as a launch vehicle for the SCI Graterford, PA Lifers Public Safety Initaitive, contact the USA International Men’s Day Team at: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com or 267-581-3963.

24 October, 2017

LISTENING IN ON THE USA INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY TEAM'S 22 OCTOBER 2017 NATIONAL TELECONFERENCE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND RE-ENTRY WITH CEO AND FOUNDER OF HATT, CORPORATION - MS. ALTONYA SHEPPARD




As individuals, institutions, and organizations in over 81 nations prepare for the observance of International Men’s Day on 19 November 2017, the USA International Men’s Day Team hosted a National Teleconference on Community Outreach and Re-Entry on Saturday, 21 October 2017 from 4:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) through 5:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) courtesy of its sole guest, Ms. Altonya Sheppard, who is the Founder and CEO of HATT, Corporation (Helping And Teaching Together).   You can listen in on the conversation that took place at the following link:  https://fccdl.in/0rC2MemEU.
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          So what was on Ms. Sheppard’s mind?  Community development, the role of a Certified Peer Specialist in Re-Entry, addressing underlying factors which deter our children from learning and create underperforming schools using a holistic approach, and the need for individuals who have been incarcerated to undergo a period of “psychological debriefing"!



                 Through HATT, a community outreach entity, Ms. Sheppard assists marginalized individuals with obtaining the tools they need to overcome barriers and realize their full potential through personal development and accessing requisite resources. Ms. Sheppard’s career in Social and Human Services has  spanned 21 years in the areas of Substance Use Disorders, Behavioral/Mental Health, Youth & Adult Justice System, Peer Support, Outreach, Advocacy, Chronic Disease Self-Management, Community Inclusion, and Life & Personal Development. Sheppard, who holds a Behavioral Health and Human Services degree from Community College of Philadelphia and certifications in Peer Support and Community Inclusions, has held numerous positions over the span of her 21 year career which include, but are not limited to, a Peer Specialist, HIV Outreach Representative, Substance Use Counselor, Youth Counselor and Case Manager. She has worked in group homes, outpatient programs, integrated medical clinics, religious and non-profit organizations, and has consulted for churches, non-profits, and international institutions and entities.



          Ms. Sheppard is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Philadelphia Re-Entry Coalition, and the Philadelphia Community of Leaders.

13 October, 2017

YMCA-TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO HOSTS 2017 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY OBSERVANCE WHICH FEATURES JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D, AS SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

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08 October, 2017

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) MOVES GLOBAL DIALOGUE ON FATHERHOOD AND MEN'S ISSUES TO BLOG TALK RADIO COURTESY OF THE TRIBE FAMILY CHANNEL NETWORK


IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R), which has moderated a Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and Men’s Issues since 15 October 1999, is moving to Blog Talk Radio courtesy of The TRIBE Family Channel Network.   Every second Saturday beginning on 14 October 2017 and ending on 11 March 2018, IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® which facilitates a Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and Men’s Issues will air on The TRIBE Family Channel™ Network from 3:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) through 4:30 P.M. (E.D.T.).   Hosted by Diane A. Sears, who serves as the Managing Editor of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® which is also a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men’s Issues, the monthly blog talk radio show will bring together Thought Leaders who have key “pieces of the puzzle” to helping to resolve a number of key challenges which prevent Men and Boys from reaching their full potential and strengthening and empowering the communities in which they live. 


          Launched on 15 October 1999 as a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men’s Issues
Journal, IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®  was the vision of Ms. Sears’ mentor, the late Mr. L.T. Henry, a classically trained jazz musician he played briefly with The Philadelphia Orchestra and was a former drummer for internationally acclaimed songstress and television and film actress Ms. Della Reese, author, photojournalist, and Sales and Success Motivation Trainer.   Mr. Henry envisioned a world in which Men throughout our global village would transcend the boundaries of religion, language, ethnicity, politics, class, economics and culture to collaboratively address the many unique issues which are directly and indirectly related to raising children from a male perspective.   Ms. Sears has spent the past 18 years resurrecting her late Mentor’s vision and perpetuating his legacy vision through, among other things, publishing IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® .

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