THE SONS and MOTHERS (Photos by Nikki Denton)

Small Seeds Development, Inc. believes in uplifting and celebrating families. In recognition of individual and family achievements, the Small Seeds’ Mother to Son Program (MTSP) held its 14th annual anniversary banquet at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers building on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

The MTSP is a strength-based program designed to improve the quality of life for single mothers, their sons and their siblings. The MTSP is unique as it offers specific services and activities to single mothers and their sons ages 8 to 15—as they journey from boys to men.

The program offers a single mother support group; manhood training and “Rites of Passage” for the sons; and a Council of Elders, a group of mature volunteers who offer advice and family mediation based on life experiences and skills.

“Our services and activities not only speak to the need for goal setting, academic improvement, self-esteem, financial literacy education, health and fitness, cultural education for the entire family, but also stresses family interaction and support,” said Andrew Cheeseboro, Small Seeds CEO.

Highlights of the 2012/2013 program included financial literacy workshops, parenting education, the “Rites of Passage” event at Camp Guyasuta, a field trip to Penn State University, and other civic events. Currently, the MTSP aids 56 families and plans to expand its mission of family unity and cooperation to the North Side and South Side of Pittsburgh.

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