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Urban League Helps Dads Learn Computer Skills

Working two jobs is how Raymond Phillips makes a living.

"Part time comedian, full time cook," Phillips said. "Father, just like everybody else, struggling trying to make it."

For the past four weeks, he's joined other men in learning what it takes to make and refurbish computers.

"The only thing I could do with a computer is turn it on and Google something," Phillips said.

"They're ecstatic," Springfield Urban League Program Planner Carlos Norris said. "You go from not knowing how to turn on a computer to the point where you're learning how to break down and also build your own computer."

The Springfield Urban League joined with Computer Banc to help the men receive skills to get better jobs. While preparing the men for careers, The Male Involvement Program helps to give low-income fathers a place to learn how to overcome obstacles and live successful lives.

"When you deal with somebody that's going through the same thing that you're going through, it's a little different because you're not seeing your problem," Phillips said. "You're seeing their problem, so it helps you develop tools to deal with your own personal problems."

"Our whole goal is to help men become self-sufficient through three main activities: healthy marriages, responsible parenting and economic stability," Norris said.

Phillips is excited to receive skills from both classes.

"It's changed my whole attitude on how I deal with certain situations in my family, at work," Phillips said. "It just gives you a different outlook on how to step away from a problem and evaluate it instead of just reacting to it."

 
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