Who: Street Positive, Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles, Fathers Time, Black Star Project, Kool As Nerdz, First Fathers, DangerMan, DMTL, H.O.O.P Foundation, Cease Fire L.A., PPCC, City Lites Network Inc, Brother II Brother Mentoring and other community organizations.
What: Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect + Prevention of Sex Trafficking.
When: April 19, 2014 @ 1pm PDT.
Where: Kipp Academy of Opportunity. 7019 Vaness Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90047.
Why: Child abuse and neglect in America has hit epidemic proportions. The total lifetime cost of of dealing with child maltreatment is a staggering $124 billion annually. Additionally,30% of abused children will abuse their own; child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic-economic level, across all ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and education levels.
Sex trafficking currently generates $32 billion annually and has a direct connection of impact on those physically, emotionally or sexually abused; average age of child becoming victim of sex trafficking is 13 yrs old.
The need for significantly increased prevention and early intervention has caught the attention of a number of active and distinct fatherhood engagement groups moving to take a active and progressive role in child safety.
Award-winning Street Positive CEO, Terry Boykins, has been tapped to spear-head "Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect"ahead of April's National Child Abuse Prevention Month. he will work alongside Mr. Jason McCuller, President, Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles, to execute the event. The campaign is looking to engage 1000 fathers and supporters throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.
Complimenting the campaign is a concerted effort by fathers to build impressionable relationships with their daughters in the fight against sex trafficking, low self-esteem and paternal abandonment.
On Jan. 20, 2014, Boykins was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr "Community Service Award" by the Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC). He has participated in numerous education and community forums, radio shows, conferences and mental health symposiums to address the emotional and economic impact of child abuse and neglect; selected by Native Challenge to address key educational, cultural and emotional needs of Native American youth through mentoring. Additionally, he recently presented on parent and community engagement at the CAAASA Education Summit is Sacramento, CA.
The April 19 "Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect", hosted byConcerned Black Men of Los Angeles (CBMLA), will feature live entertainment, panel discussions, resources, refreshments and a special booking signing of "A Fragile Child's Cry" by H. L. Stampley. Mr. Stampley, an adoptive father of two severely disabled boys effected by child abuse, will travel from Memphis, TN to participate in the outreach. The entire community is invited.
Those wishing to pledge support for "Fathers Against Child Abuse & Neglect" , by requesting a copy of "A Fragile Child's Cry" can do so by visiting www.streetpositive.com.
If interested in having Mr. Boykins present on youth related topics, please contact: (909) 880-9427. Or, visit:www.streetpositive.com.