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This paper includes a review of the literature on why fathers matter and statistical data on fathers in New Orleans, followed by stategies for educators, service providers, policymakers, and others to engage and support fathers. Six model programs are highlighted, which successfully address the challenges faced by low-income African-American fathers in New Orleans.
Supported by employment and education data, the authors make the case that training and recruiting African-American men in New Orleans for jobs in the regional petrochemical and construction industries would have benefits for a "triple bottom line" -- reducing chronic unemployment, reducing crime rates, and increasing the local tax base -- as well as meeting the employers' pressing workforce needs.
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