Mayor Megan Barry, Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson, District 29 and Lonnell Matthews, Executive Director of Community joined Marcus Meneese, Founder and Executive Director of Stronger Than My Father Inc. to celebrate the ribbon cutting and opening of the Stronger Than My Father mentoring program.
The program is housed at Smith Spring Church of Christ 2783 Smith Springs Rd, Nashville, TN 37217.
Stronger than my Father is a mentoring program that provides fatherless youth the opportunity to live out their Gods given purpose. The nonprofit offers ACT Preparation, the Hope Leadership and Family Life Programs.
Antioch resident Marcus Meneese shared “the majority of juvenile crimes are committed between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. During the same hours, youth are victims of crime more than any other time during the day. Unsupervised youth are more likely to: use alcohol, drugs and tobacco; receive poor grades, skip school or drop out of school; engage in risky sexual activity; carry and use weapons. After school program play a crucial role in helping our youth succeed”.
Guests were treated to a tour of the colorful aquatic theme decorated facility featuring beautiful mural images of ocean life, families and a wall of Hope courtesy of Nashville School of Art. The facility also included a game room for activities and a computer lab.
The launch of the program is a dream come true for Meneese. He acknowledges that his life growing up in a two parent home rooted in the church is very much a minority opportunity today. Many youth today are growing up without a father and some have knowledge of their father. Inspired by his father who challenged him and his brothers to be both ethical and hardworking, Marcus has dedicated his life to giving back. Over the past 13 years, Marcus has served as a youth mentor, where he taught, coached and held to develop young men to become responsible men and eventually good fathers.
The Hope Leadership Academy (HLA) program provides academic assistance, character development and skill building exercises for kindergarten through eighth grade students who live in the community of Antioch, Tennessee.
The Family Life Program partners with other organizations to bring their expertise to our families on topics such as: planning a career path, resources for children, starting a business, and parenting. Smith Springs Church of Christ.
The program is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. during the academic year. For more information and to apply to the program, see www.strongerthanmyfather.org.