Promoting Positive Fatherhood | FamiliesFirst for MS

*For Immediate Release*

Promoting Positive Fatherhood Involvement: Workforce Development and Job Readiness

Families First for Mississippi provides schools, communities and families with educational services and training programs on a state-wide basis. 

Father's Day is celebrated during the month of June, Families First For Mississippi is excited to use this special time of year to promote their Positive Fatherhood Initiative along with their Workforce and Job Readiness Skills programs and workshops. Both services are offered free to the community, along with additional resources including Parenting, Life Skills, Education, Literacy, Financial Planning, and Youth Development among others. 

"We want individuals of all backgrounds, but especially our fathers and father-figures, to be able to provide for their families," says De'Kendrick Clark, Program Trainer over Fatherhood Initiative. "We want them to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride, so they can be an example for their children and have a positive impact on their community," says Clark. 

If you missed the grand opening of the new resource center in Greenwood last week, you can stop by any time at 1506 Huron Street behind Kirk Ford to learn about the job skills and online high school diploma programs being offered on a year-round basis. With a large computer lab that doubles as a training room, clients can participate in a number of opportunities to help prepare them for the workforce. Did we mention everything is Free?

"I am so excited about the resources available at Families First. Workforce and Job Readiness skills are vital to the success of our community's job retention and recruitment efforts. The Greenwood-Leflore community is elated to have Families First as another economic development partner," says Angela Curry, Executive Director for the Economic Development Foundation. 

Job Readiness Skills that are taught in various workshops such as the current five-week series "Rock the Mock" include resume writing, organization, time management, communication, professional behavior, and mock interviews to give individuals the practice and confidence they need. There is no age limit for the rest of the services provided. They even offer assistance with business attire through the help of a professional clothing closet, for which they accept tax deductible donations.  an important influence in his life, Clark remembers his high school football coach who told him, "The will to prepare to win is much more important that the will to win." Clark continues, "Taking time to prepare matters. I want to help people reach their goals whether its earning a degree or preparing for a job interview. I want to help them succeed for themselves and for their family."

Pictured: Families First Program Trainer, De’Kendrick Clark, assists “Rock the Mock” participant, Demetric Adams, in the Greenwood Resource Center’s Professional Clothing Donation Closet. Adams successfully gained employment after voluntarily completing all 5 sessions of the free Workforce Development program offered by the organization.

Families First for Mississippi provides schools, communities, and families with educational services and training programs on a state-wide basis. The Greenwood center serves Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery, and Humphreys counties, offering its services free of charge. For more information about their fatherhood initiative, online high school program, and other workforce and job readiness programs in the Greenwood area, call 662-451-5397 or visit to find a center near you. Together we can strengthen families in Mississippi. 

Families First for Mississippi is a statewide, multi-generational outreach organization designed to empower and stabilize individual family units. Organized into five pillars of care and services (education, literacy, parenting, job readiness and workforce development, and youth development) the organization strives to establish or reestablish strong foundations for the whole family unit, from grandparents to grandchildren. The organization serves all 82 Mississippi counties and offers its services free of charge.

© FFFM is a service provided by Mississippi Community Education Center & Family Resource Center of North Mississippi

Mississippi Community Education Center

2525 Lakeward Dr. Suite 200

Jackson, Mississippi 39216

O: (601) 366-6405

Family Resource Center of North Mississippi

425 Magazine St.

Tupelo, MS 38804

O: (662) 844-0013

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