YOUNGSTOWN — Ask Kaimen Campbell why he is needed to be a police officer for so long as he can recall and you’ll probably get an easy, no-holds barred reply.
“I wish to assist town as a result of folks get killed over nothing — nothing,” Kaimen, 11, of Youngstown, mentioned.
Kaimen hopes in the future to do his half to curb crime, however on Saturday, he and his mother and father attended an occasion organizers mentioned they may help put a significant dent in the issue.
The household was amongst those that took half in a Fatherhood Stroll & Enjoyable Day gathering in Wick Park, a foremost thrust of which was to have a good time dedicated fathers and the very important position they play in larger household cohesion — which could be a consider decreasing crime and violence.
“In the present day, we honor and have a good time our fathers. Loads of the issues on this group are from not having robust fathers,” mentioned Joe McGeorge, government director of Warriors Inc., which hosted the four-hour household occasion.
Fathers and their kids of all ages took half within the festivities, a major aim of which was to “make fatherhood cool,” McGeorge added.
For his or her half, Kaimen and his father, Henry Wylie, a 37-year electrician, get pleasure from fishing collectively. Henry additionally is not shy about educating his son key components of electronics and sharing his occupation, he mentioned, including that Kaimen is also adept at taking part in chess.
Additionally accompanying Kaimen was his mom, Stacie Gilmore.
John Stanford of Canfield introduced his daughter, Kyla, 4, to the stroll, which is just one of many shared enjoyable actions between father and daughter.
“It is stunning,” Stanford mentioned about his relationship with Kyla. “We’re like finest mates.”
The 2 get pleasure from a bunch of actions collectively that embrace watching the geese and turtles in Mill Creek Park, having lengthy conversations with one another whereas out to eat and watching “Bluey,” an Australian animated TV collection that debuted in 2018 and follows the adventures of an anthropomorphic 6-year-old high-energy pet.
“He is superior!” Kyla mentioned excitedly when requested to explain her father.
Stanford added that the area has an abundance of absent fathers, and that extra of them ought to step as much as handle their kids.
For Eric Nerone, Saturday’s funfest was a welcome departure from the norm as a result of he is a single father who works lengthy hours to assist his son, Kadin, 2.
“He is the best child,” Eric mentioned as his son took a activate an inflatable slide. “He loves dinosaurs and Spider-Man.”
For this father-son duo, the best issues appear to deliver the best pleasure, resembling merely saying and doing what he can to make Kadin, his solely youngster, snigger. Additionally good for a similar impact is becoming a member of the boy in his dinosaur video games, Eric mentioned, including that his son additionally attends a close-by day care middle.
Making remarks earlier than the stroll was the Rev. Gary Frost, pastor of Mercy Group Church in Youngstown.
Males who totally embrace their roles pretty much as good fathers are “an endangered species,” so it is important that extra of them tackle the tasks that include fatherhood, he defined.
“We should stand robust as masculine males,” Frost mentioned, referring to the significance of taking the lead of their kids’s lives and making the required sacrifices for the sake of their households.
Dozens of fathers and their kids walked round and thru the spacious park as some chanted in unison, “Ain’t no ‘hood like fatherhood.”
Additionally on the Stroll & Enjoyable Day have been useful resource tables with quite a lot of data and pamphlets on being higher fathers.
Businesses and different entities represented on the gathering included Eagle’s Christian Preschool & Youngster Care, the Mahoning County Psychological Well being and Restoration Board, the African American Male Wellness Company, Broadway Restoration Providers, the Being pregnant Assist Heart, the Youngstown City Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program, the Metal Valley Baptist Affiliation and the Mahoning County Veterans Service Fee.