South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families hosts panel discussion

HARTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) - The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families has partnered with Man 2 Man fatherhood initiative to host a "What Young Fathers Need" panel discussion.

The forum gives the public a chance to hear struggles of young fathers, as well as give young fathers a chance to hear from someone who was once in a similar position.

"Becoming a new father is a scary thing," says youth speaker, Dequentin Mack. "So a lot of times some of them want to run because it's new to them. But you get advice from someone who is older or someone who already has a child to encourage them."

The discussion directly relates to large issues in South Carolina, according to Stats show 23% of children in the United States live in fatherless homes, and 71% of them end up being high school drop outs.

"This allows everyone, whether you are a service provider or a father or even a mother, and you want to understand some of the mindsets and challenges that men face, you can hear from them," said Derrick Dease with the Man 2 man initiative.

Thursday night's discussion will take place at 6 p.m. at the Butler Heritage Center, located at 1106 South 6th Street in Hartsville.

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