Sanford, Fla. – Before Floridians come together to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), along with the Central Florida Urban League (CFUL) and the City of Sanford are convening a roundtable discussion as the critical first steps in implementing the ground-breaking involved fatherhood legislation signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this year.
The discussion will take place tomorrow, Friday, June 17 (9:00 am) at Monroe Hall: 401 E. Seminole Blvd, Sanford (32771). A press conference will follow immediately at 10:05 am.
The purpose of the roundtable discussion is an opportunity for local elected officials and community stakeholders to share ideas and address community needs for Sanford’s youth and families with Secretary Eric Hall.
Set to participate in the discussion will be Secretary Eric Hall, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; Senior Chancellor Henry Mack, Florida Department of Education; Art Woodruff, City of Sanford Mayor; Kerry S. Wiggins, Sr., City of Sanford Commissioner; Norton Bonaparte, Sanford City Manager; Cecil Smith, Sanford Police Chief; State Representative David Smith; Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League as well as a number of representatives from the law enforcement, faith-based and business communities.
“HB 7065 will increase much-needed knowledgeable access to our families, which in turn will transform our men into greater fathers for the community. This bill will strongly enhance the mentoring initiatives in the City of Sanford as we continue to invest in Sanford’s future generations,” said City of Sanford Commissioner Kerry S. Wiggins, Sr.
“By working together, we have the opportunity to use this legislation as a way to empower our fathers with the tools they need to grow into leaders in both their homes and our communities,” added Glenton Gilzean Jr.
In a press conference earlier this week, Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Eric Hall spoke to how this legislation will have a tremendous impact on our community.
“Family engagement is an essential part of DJJ’s vision and mission and having an active and engaged father can make all the difference in helping a child build resiliency and overcome the obstacles they face,” said DJJ Secretary Eric Hall. “I am excited for our agency and dedicated partners to come together to engage with fathers across our state to help support and empower them to be a stronger, active role model in their children’s lives.”