SDE: Milton's Story

Milton's Story

{Young father with baby son}

My name is Milton W. Jones Jr. and I am a member of the Teen Fathers Program in Bridgeport. For starters, we all know being a parent is one of, if not, the most difficult job one may endure. Myself, I am a proud father of a precious baby boy born in February 2012. When I found out I was going to be a father, I was at a loss for words. I wondered if I would be a father, as opposed to that man who isnít around. My father wasnít there for me, as he should have been during my adolescent years, so I took the initiative and knew I had to make it my destiny to never fall short as my father did. With various thoughts and emotions scrambling through my mind, I saw that I was pressed for time. My son was on his way, yet I didnít have the slightest clue what to do. I was lostÖbut then a door opened. I was introduced to a man by the name of Sal Hanaif. He told me that he could help me become a successful father figure as well as teach me the skills and support needed to obtain this status. Right then and there, I knew this was my chance to get my priorities in order.

Sal explained that he was in charge of the Bridgeport Teen Fathers Program and that I should come and see what it has to offer. I accepted. During my first few sessions in the group, I was introduced to guys who were going through exactly what I was. I had a sense of relief knowing I wasnít alone. As time progressed, a bond was created that I thought could never be established. I now had a place to vent, express, comment on and give my feelings on anything! This is what changed my life. I was going through hell and thought Iíd never be able to rise above it. My mind was in a constant frenzy. I contemplated everyday trying to find a way to deal with my situation. (jail, drugs, etc.). If it had not been for this program, I think, as a matter of fact, I know I would have snapped and acted in a way I would regret for the rest of my life.

This program is needed everywhere there are teen fathers. It helped me maintain a positive state of mind and keep a level head. This program also helped me financially. Sal, my mentor and group leader, opened many doors and opportunities for me, whether it was supplying educational help, emotional and mental support or financial assistance. He was, and still is, available to me 24/7. I can now say I am proud of who I have become. I went from a lost troubled teen father to a man who sets a legacy as a father. All I want in this world is for my son to succeed and be the best he can be. In order for him to succeed, I have to set the foundation and lead the way. In June 2012 I graduated from Central High School maintaining a 3.45 GPA and am now attending the University of New Haven and majoring in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science with a minor in Accounting and Finance. This program also helped me apply for college and get situated with grants and scholarships.

In all, the Teen Fathers Program is the best thing that ever happened to me. I am on the right track with this program and I am never looking back.

To conclude, in 20 years, if someone asks my son, "What kind of father do you have?" I want him to say, "I have the best father in the world. He was always there for me, never left me alone, always showed me love, care, discipline and above all how to be a man. For that I want to thank him and the Program.

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Content Last Modified on 10/15/2012 12:12:25 PM