Calhoun's Parenthood Initiative Program to Recognize Outstanding Parents during 8th Annual Awards Banquet


The Alabama Parenthood Initiative (API) of Morgan-Limestone Counties located at Calhoun Community College, and Parents as S.T.A.R. will host the 8th Annual Awards banquet “The His-Story of Parents” on Thursday, August 18, 2011, beginning at 6:00pm at the Aerospace Training Center located on Calhoun’s Decatur campus.

Keynote speaker for the event is Jerrod K. Young.  Former executive assistant to the president at Calhoun, Young has also served as a human resources generalist for International Paper, president/CEO of Intellectual Business Solutions, Inc., assistant dean for students in the College of Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and institutional sales representative for The Smith Asset Management Group in Dallas, Texas.  A certified Lean Manufacturing trainer, Young has also completed certification for the ISO/QS lead assessor/auditor.  Young received his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and his master’s degree in engineering from UAHuntsville.

“The awards banquet is a first class event and allows parents, legislators, judiciary, and family supporters to interact and celebrate recent successes in supporting families,” commented Angela Henderson, API program coordinator at Calhoun. During the program, awards will be presented to parents who have exemplified responsible parenting.

The mission of the Alabama Parenthood Initiative (API) Program is to help non-custodial parents develop and maintain positive relationships with their children and to enhance their ability to support their children by providing education, training, employment, and other opportunities. The API program provides realistic options to incarceration that can result in long-term permanent solutions to nonpayment and poverty.

According to Henderson, the goal is to provide a comprehensive program of services, which include adult basic education and mental health assessments, workshop competencies, and skills training concurrent with employment. Through the program, noncustodial parents receive short-term training and employment assistance to help them meet their child support responsibilities.

"Research tells us that children do better in strong, healthy families, and families do better when they live in communities that help them succeed," said Henderson. “The API program has demonstrated a strong commitment to family strengthening and truly makes a difference in the community. The program opens doors to real opportunities for the parents we serve through training and concurrent employment,” she added.

The DYS Parents as S.T.A.R. (Someone To Always Respect) program's mission is to bring absentee parents into the lives of their children. Through the program, Decatur Youth Services provides assistance in work readiness training, parenting skills training, bonding activities, DHR issues, and many more endeavors. Currently the program works as a liaison with the Morgan County Court Systems, DHR, Morgan County Jail, and the Limestone County Correctional Facility.

For more information, contact Angela Henderson at 256-306-2914.


Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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