Germantown, MD (PRWEB) September 27, 2011
The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has contracted National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) to train and provide technical assistance on a fatherhood curriculum that will equip the department’s fatherhood grantees to address the most critical needs of low-income, non-custodial fathers.
NFI will deliver its flagship, community-based fatherhood curriculum, 24/7 Dad™, to meet the unique needs of the fathers being served by agencies and organizations throughout the city. The curriculum, with additional modules, will help fathers develop pro-fathering knowledge, attitudes, and skills, and will also address employment, child support, child placement, and other pressing issues faced by the dads served by DYCD grantees.
Starting this fall, NFI will begin training organizations across the city on how to effectively deliver the curriculum to the dads they serve. The recipients of the training will be organizations that have received funding through DYCD’s fatherhood initiative, which was initiated in 2002 to enhance children’s development through programs that encourage fathers to become involved with their children emotionally and financially, and help fathers relate to their co-parents.
Thirty-two percent of all New York City children under the age of 17 live in households without a father, and 54 percent of black and 43 percent of Latino children grow up in fatherless households. Children growing up in father-absent homes are more likely than children in two-parent homes to live in poverty, be abused, fail in school, use drugs, commit crimes, and have emotional and behavioral problems.
Roland C. Warren, president of NFI, said, “We are excited to be working with DYCD to help enhance its services to fathers. New York City is doing pioneering work in the area of responsible fatherhood, and National Fatherhood Initiative stands ready to help move this work forward through this important project.”
In addition to training on the curriculum, NFI will provide ongoing technical support – in the form of site visits, webinars, phone calls, and emails – to the fatherhood grantees. This technical support will be focused on helping the organizations address obstacles to successfully implementing the curriculum. These various methods are designed to create a collaborative learning environment among the organizations to maximize project impact.
There is a great deal of momentum in serving fathers in New York City. In 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the formation of a city-wide fatherhood initiative to engage all of the city’s agencies in providing services and support to dads. Last month, he launched a comprehensive effort to assist black and Latino males, which includes mechanisms to support them in their fathering.
As the premier fatherhood renewal organization in the country, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) works in every sector and at every level of society to engage fathers in the lives of their children. NFI is the #1 provider of fatherhood resources in the nation. Since 2004, through FatherSOURCE, its national resource center, NFI has distributed over 5.8 million resources, and has trained over 7,600 practitioners from over 3,500 organizations on how to deliver programming to dads. NFI is the most quoted authority on fatherhood in America; since 2009, NFI has been mentioned in over 1,350 news stories, and makes regular appearances in national media to discuss the importance of involved, responsible, and committed fatherhood. Learn more at http://www.fatherhood.org.