The Union County Fatherhood Initiative Coalition, Inc. [UCFIC] has developed a pilot Union County Fatherhood Program[UCFP] to educate, support and strengthen fathers and young men who are the fathers of tomorrow. Since 2013, UCFIC, as an all-volunteer organization, has conducted community events, educational workshops and county-wide partnership networking activities, with over 900 individuals and 10 partner organizations involved in events and workshops laid the groundwork for an effective UCFP pilot program. With adequate funding of $60,000, UCFIC, under the leadership of the UCFP Program Director Rod Spearman, will build upon the UCFIC’s groundwork to direct all county-wide activities and manage implementation of all educational workshops.
The UCFP pilot model includes:
· community awareness and education;
· community “Pop -Up” events;
· adult and youth workshop recruitment and screening;
· adult and youth educational groups; participant social support; and evaluation.
Educational models used are the evidence-based National Fatherhood Initiative “24/7 Dad” curriculum for adults and the Kiah Institute’s “Three R’s” curriculum for youth. There are three experienced trained instructors who will facilitate the adult groups and three for the youth groups. The Pops-Up events will utilize four topic experts for educational content.
Goals of the program for participants are:
1] strengthen awareness and understanding of father/male roles and responsibilities;
2] improve personal communication skills;
3] improve father engagement and family relationships;
4] improve self-esteem, self-care and self-efficacy;
5] strengthen social supports and community resource access.
The pilot program will target five Union County communities with a higher prevalence of African-American and Latino fathers/men who may have less than average access to parent education and support resources. During the 2019 pilot, six trainers and four consultants will deliver 22 educational sessions to 60 recruited fathers/male participants [40 adults/20 youth]. At a projected 50% completion rate, UCFP will “graduate” 30 fathers/young men from the program and will provide feedback and evaluation for subsequent improvements.
UCFIC appreciates consideration of this pilot program and will provide additional information in response to inquiries.
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