“Barbershop Dad Talk” Series Launched in Coney Island

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Brooklyn Community Services launches weekly Wednesday Fatherhood "Barbershop Dad Talk" in Coney Island. (IN PHOTO) Marcelle J. Craig, Program Director, BCS Fatherhood Initiative (in red), Dr. Diane Davis, BCS Mental Health Clinician and Alan Dorvil, BCS Fatherhood caseworker (purple shirt) join attendees and Timbuktu Barbershop staff

Brooklyn, NY (December 11, 2017) – The Brooklyn Community Services’ Fatherhood Program is excited to launch the weekly “Barbershop Dad Talk” Series, free sessions that provide an opportunity for noncustodial fathers to discuss parenting challenges, social services, counseling and dynamics of fatherhood in a casual setting every Wednesday at Timbuktu Hair Care, 1511 Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

“The BCS Fatherhood Program is about assisting fathers to know their worth in the family, educating them with the skills they need and supporting them through this process to be more involved with their children,” explained Marcelle J. Craig, MS, Program Director, BCS Fatherhood Initiative Program.

The inspiration behind the BCS Fatherhood Program, “Barbershop Dad Talk” Series, is that African-American barbershops have traditionally been a way for fathers to bond with their sons. These barbershops have been a place where people of color normally gather to meet and talk about what’s going on in their lives and their communities. Having groups in a barbershop is a way to meet people where they are possibly already having these discussions.

“Brooklyn Community Services’ Fatherhood Program is pleased to partner with Timbuktu Hair Care. Our goal is to empower these men to be the community and family leader their children need through groups and individual case management, activities for them to do with their children and connecting them with additional resources in the community,” said Craig. “Having BCS Fatherhood Program outreach in a barbershop is a strategy to find a safe space where men are often already having these discussions.”

For more information on the BCS Fatherhood Program “Barbershop Dad Talk”, please call the Fatherhood Program at 347-292-3060 or e-mail fatherhood@wearebcs.org.

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