In May 2009, fourteen young men who were residing at Maryville’s Residential Treatment Center graduated from the Maryville Fatherhood Initiative program. These young men had met the graduation requirements by attending a series of twelve classes that covered topics including the rights and responsibilities of fathers, caring for a child, putting the child first, independent living skills, and reconciling one’s relationship with his father.
While attending the Maryville Fatherhood Initiative Program the young men each spoke about what they had learned and discussed how they were inspired by the program. Several of the young men emphasized the importance of being a good parent and many mentioned that they had learned about the significance of waiting to become fathers after they were married. These young men are proud of themselves and all of the achievements they have made.