CHICAGO, IL, February 04, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- On Friday, February 7, 2014 internationally renowned Chicago fathers' rights attorney Jeffery M. Leving will be awarding the first annual "Jeffery M. Leving Kids Come First Grant" for $5000 to Passages, a social service agency dedicated to family advocacy. The grant is being offered through the Sun-Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program that seeks to promote mentoring and tutoring programs in disadvantaged communities.
Leving's grant will go directly to support Passage's Project LEAP [Lending Experience and Promise] mentoring program serving the needs of youth affected by the incarceration of a parent.
Dedicated to promoting positive paternal involvement, Leving is keenly aware of the challenges faced by children who live in a household with one parent behind bars. Studies show that often these children suffer academically, emotionally and may be more likely to engage in criminal activity. LEAP's goal is to pair children ages 8 through 16 with positive role models in an effort to enrich their lives and help them achieve their full-potential.
"Children involved in positive relationships feel better about themselves, do better in school and improve their self-confidence," notes Leving. "I am proud to support this critical program that provides children in need the chance at a better future."
The grant will be presented to Passages during a short ceremony scheduled to begin at 4PM on February 7th at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court.
About Jeffery Leving
: In addition to his groundbreaking legal career, Attorney and Author Jeffery Leving is committed to social justice. He is the founder of the Fatherhood Educational Institute (www.fatherhood-edu.org
), a foundation that promotes fatherhood in impoverished communities, and was recently awarded the National Lifetime to Call Service Award by President Barack Obama.
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