LOS ANGELES-Actor Lou Gosset Jr., sho won an Oscar for “An Officer And A Gentleman” participated in an event on Los Angeles that honored people and organizations in the area that encourage families and fatherhood.
The “Fatherhood Roundtable” was sponsored by the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative which holds several events based on encouraging fathers to take part in children’s lives across the country.
White House staff, Joshua DuBois, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and DOJ staff, Eugene Schneeberg, Director, Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Justice also participated in the event.
“It is important for us to celebrate and emulate the unsung heroes, the fathers, who do the right things for their families and themselves,” said Oscar winning actor Lou Gossett, Jr. Michael Strautmanis and Lou Gossett, Jr. praised the innovative programs of faith and community-based organizations in Los Angeles that are helping fathers to be actively engaged in the lives of their children. Roundtable participants discussed how the support of family and mentors had made them better fathers, even if their own fathers had not been present in their lives. The wives, kids, fathers, and mentors of those being recognized were in the room to reinforce the true value of that support.
After the event, groups discussed ways to connect their efforts in order to strengthen responsible fatherhood programming in Los Angeles.
The President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative is a national effort to address responsible fatherhood and healthy families in America through partnerships with family-serving groups and mentorship groups around the country. The initiative serves as a call to action for cities and states, with individuals and organizations, across the country to raise awareness about responsible fatherhood and work to re-engage absent fathers with their families. For more info visit www.fatherhood.gov.