Stevan Lynn is using lessons he learned as a father to teach others how to be great dads. NY1's John Schiumo filed the following report, which was shot, written and edited by Rachel Smith.
The most important job Stevan Lynn ever had was working to be a great father so now that his daughter is grown, he’s working to impart the lessons he learned to fathers who want to be more involved.
"Providing for your family means talking to their teachers, cooking for them, making sure the laundry is done, making sure that homework is done right, every night. That's a job,” he said.
Lynn teaches fathers as the host of "Dare 2 Dream,” a public access television show in the Bronx, and at the Fatherhood Training Center in Mount Hope, which he helped create two years ago to improve the lives of fathers.
"’How was school?’ That's the first thing out of your mouth as a father. ‘How was school?’" he said.
"We said listen, we need a training center. We need a place what we call 'The House' where fathers can come and feel like they're going to their fathers' house, whether they had one or not,” Lynn said.
“The House” offers resume help, computer training, cooking classes and even a closet full of suits and ties for job hunters and it’s all for free.
All with a special brand of support from Lynn, also known as Coach Lynn because of one of his other jobs, an amateur football coach.
“They're going to take you through some hoops. It's not gonna happen the first time,” he said.
More than a year ago, Kenneth Alexander came to the center unemployed and effectively estranged from his daughter. Now, he has a job and is working through the courts to be more involved in his daughter's life.
"Coach Lynn is a beacon of hope," Alexander said. "He's had some tragedies with the child support and singleness and not being in the children's life so just seeing where he's at now, it's motivational where I know I could be, like if it can happen for him it can happen for me."
"You don't stop yourself. You don't have I can't. I can't do that, it's impossible. I did a long bit in jail. That means what? That was yesterday, not tomorrow,” Lynn said.
And so, for coaching tomorrow's great fathers in the Bronx and beyond, Coach Stevan Lynn is our New Yorker of the Week.
For more information about the Fatherhood Training Center and “Dare 2 Dream,” go to www.fathers4progress.org.