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Pastor Earnest Rodgers Sr.

C.E.O. & Founder

Big Dad’s Mentoring & Training Center founded by Earnest G. Rodgers, Sr., in 1994 as a ministry in his church he pastor, later in 1998 was formed as a Not-for-Profit business. BDMTC is a 501 C-(3), nonprofit community-based, family-centered case management approach to delinquency prevention and youth development with a focus on at-risk environments.

Big Dad’s is an innovative program focusing on the prevention of crimes and violence in the lives of our children by using the positive influence of positive male role models for reinforcement and guidance to help young males to become the promising and productive young men in our society—most of whom are lacking a positive father or a positive male role model.

The program offers positive services and activities for youth between the ages of 7 through 17 during non-school hours. BDMTC services are provided to all youth struggling with anger, family, school and or the law. Referrals are made to the program, an assessment is done to determine the need(s) of what services or programs will be implemented. Then counselors will set necessary goals to support the problem areas of youth or protégé. A meeting is scheduled with the protégé and parents and the selected mentor to discuss set goals and expectations while in the program. The progress is measured by the mentor providing reports of activities and achievement of set goals and the development of the relationship between the mentor and the protégé.

Compared to other racial groups and gender, young black males are the most at- risk group of juveniles in today’s society. At the center of the dilemma is the fact that black males are over-represented in the criminal justice system while underrepresented in the educational system. A tragic reality is that there’s an alarming number of black males falling victims to academic failure and being arrested and incarcerated on a daily basis. The inadequate educational training caused by poor school attendance, poverty and poor neighborhoods, and dysfunctional families all contribute to this equation.

For more information about our program or services, contact Bigdad at, (309) 657-6360 or email Bigdad at pastor_e1002@yahoo.com.
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