21-year-old Kawan Nicholson and 23-year-old Kevin McNair are recent Dovetail Project graduates. As members of the Chicago-based fatherhood initiative, these two young men were able to participate in a 12-week curriculum that educated them on their rights as a human and a parent, healthy communication skills, tips on active, responsible parenting and much more. As a result, these beautiful fathers graduated from the program with jobs, a healthy support system, confidence and a $2,000 surprise from NBA star Lonzo Ball which they used to buy gifts for their children this Christmas.

“I joined the Dovetail Project because I needed help and support. I was 23 years old, unemployed with three children.” McNair expressed, “This was the best twelve weeks I could have ever imagined. During those weeks, I learned how to communicate better with my children’s mother, what it means to give back, and understand what it means to be involved. I am now employed, and all the problems I had before joining this program are now in my rearview.”

Congratulations, Kevin and Kawan! 

To learn more about the Dovetail Project and its founder, Sheldon Smith, visit their website here.