March 28, 2018

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families premiers “Facing Early Fatherhood” documentary across South Carolina

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families produced the documentary, “Facing Early Fatherhood,” which has been shown at multiple locations across South Carolina. The documentary most recently premiered in Spartanburg in conjunction with the Upstate Fatherhood Coalition, which is a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families.

The Spartanburg screening was held in the auditorium at Spartanburg Community College’s downtown campus. The college’s Vice President of Student Affairs Ron Jackson welcomed more than 80 guests, including State Representative Rosalyn Henderson Myers; other local government officials and civic leaders; health and human service providers; educators, Upstate Fatherhood Coalition 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, which are also programs of the center, 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.

Pat Littlejohn, executive director for the South Carolina Center of Fathers and Families, explained how the idea of the film came to be.

“There are so many misconceptions about young fathers and…we wanted to give them a voice,” she said, “and really pull back the curtain so people could see into and their lives and see that they’re trying so hard…but then they run into these problems and obstacles.”

The South Carolina Center of Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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