The numbers are alarming: More than half the children inside St. Louis' city limits grow up in a fatherless home. For African American children, the statistic is even higher at 70 percent. Now in its fifteenth year of operation, the Fathers' Support Center recognizes how important dads are in their children's lives. Kids growing up without a father are 72 percent more likely to drop out of school, 73 percent more likely to use drugs and 82 percent more likely to be involved in a teen pregnancy. To date, the Fathers' Support Center has graduated more than 1,700 men from its boot camp that not only teaches parenting skills but also works to make dads employable so they can provide financial support to their kids.
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