By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
"One out of every three young people that you meet come from a fatherless situation," said former Central Michigan University football star and now motivational speaker Brian Pruitt.
That is the troubling reality for millions of young Americans. That's why Pruitt has taken it upon himself to try and make a change.
Pruitt is about to release his documentary on fatherlessness and he's inviting Mid-Michigan residents to the premiere.
"There are over 24 million fatherless kids in America," Pruitt said.
Pruitt is on a mission to help fatherless children.
He hopes to gather a big crowd at Thompson Middle School on Saturday by showing his documentary Fatherlessness, the American Epidemic.
"If you can help them now, what will happen later is they won't want to make the same mistakes that their dads did," Pruitt said.
Following the documentary there will be a round table discussion of the problem in Saginaw and the tri-cities.
Pruitt's actions helped William Brown stay out of trouble. The 26-year-old didn't have a dad around.
"I really grew up in a rough neighborhood and I really didn't have a lot of male role models in my life, so it really benefited me quite well," Brown said.
Pruitt encourages everyone to become a mentor.
"They think man, I don't have the time, but the truth is all you need to do is make one extra seat at the dinner table at your house, it doesn't take a long time to make a difference, it just takes persistence and consistency," Pruitt said.
The documentary starts at noon. It runs about 45 minutes, but residents are also invited to stick around for a question and answer session afterwards.
A panel of experts will help answer any questions.
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