Empowering the Fatherless, a Santa Clara nonprofit is a beacon for at-risk youth and fatherless men. Founded by a transformed inmate, it reflects his journey without a father figure. Currently, they impact roughly 100 children's lives. Additionally, partnerships with groups like the San Jose Youth Empowerment Alliance amplify their reach. However, even with challenges like keeping volunteers, they remain committed, envisioning a brighter future for each child.
The mission of Empowering the Fatherless (ETF) is to empower fatherless and at-risk youth by equipping them with Life/Living Skills so they may reap the benefits of living well-rounded and fulfilling lives. They also offer Self-Help courses and a Fatherhood program for men who were raised in fatherless environments or raised by poor examples of the true meaning of fatherhood.
Terrance Dwayne Hunter, widely recognized as a notable author and speaker, initially leads the nonprofit “Empowering the Fatherless” to equip at-risk youth with essential skills. In addition, while addressing the Fatherless Crisis, he mentors incarcerated individuals, empowering them to become proactive, engaged fathers. Transitioning from being released and honored for his autobiography on 30 years in California's Corrections, he subsequently earned the 2022 Morgan Hill Community Foundation Award. As a result, he positively influences lives at Elmwood Correctional, Silicon Valley Boys and Girls Club, and several local schools.
In this episode, Terrance delves into his transformative journey, illustrating his shift from a 30-year imprisonment to a beacon of hope for many. He discusses the underlying causes of his incarceration, devising personal strategies, and offering help to fellow inmates navigating their struggles. Fast forward to 2019, he talks about the birth of Empowering the Fatherless and how it was founded to equip vulnerable youth and men with indispensable life and parenting tools. Plus, listen in to learn how Terrance draws inspiration from his upbringing, void of a father figure, and how he's driven to reverse the prevalent school-to-prison pattern in Santa Clara to forge a nurturing community for all.
“From the pain of being fatherless, I found my passion in empowering the fatherless.” – Terrance Hunter
“Every day is an opportunity to let young people know their value, regardless of an absent father.” – Terrance Hunter
“While many love the idea of volunteering, true change comes from those willing to make sacrifices.” – Terrance Hunter