This section provides PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood which feature Colorado programs and grant recipients.
Dads, Daughters and Valentine's DayValentine's Day represents the perfect time for dads to connect with their daughters. After all, a daughter's first relationship with a man is the one she has with her father. On Saturday, February 12th, both 9News and 7News included segments on the importance of father/daughter relationships during their weekend morning shows. | Read story
Learning to be a fatherIt was just as much of a surprise to Christopher Johnston II, as it was to anyone, when his 16-year-old girlfriend told him she was pregnant.
"What did I think? I thought 'I have to keep my job,'" he said of his 30-hour-a-week schedule, which drops down to 20 hours during basketball season because Christopher is a point guard for Manual High School. The new father is a high school senior.
"I used to buy a lot of clothes and shoes. But [baby] formula is $20 a can," the 18-year-old said, expressing the need to save up his money for his son, Christopher Johnston III. "The baby comes first."
Christopher's girlfriend, 16-year-old Zhante Hubbard, is grateful that their son has an active father.
"I didn't have a dad," she said. "I'm happy he's here." | Read story
Touchdown DadsPastor Jerome Perkins is looking for a few good dads. Football expertise isn't necessary, but a love of the game would be helpful. A passion for kids and a desire to help young fathers, however, is essential.
Perkins, founder of Pueblo's Christlife Ministries, hopes to start a local chapter of Touchdown Dads Fatherhood Empowerment Club, a national mentoring program for young fathers who want to be good dads but don't know how. | Read story
Proud father embraces responsibilityFor every three kids in America, one does not live with his or her biological father. Sort of takes your breath away when you think about it.
The total number, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' 2009 census data, is about 25 million kids in this country. There probably is a sadder number out there somewhere, but let us move on.
Better, let me tell you the story of Richard Jama.
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Helping men 'dad' upThese days, Al Squire is changing the diapers of his 13-month-old son — lots of diapers.
Charles Wood is monitoring his 14-year-old daughter's computer use to know whom she's talking to online. | Read story
Bringing Dads Home for the HolidaysOn December 13th at 10:00 p.m., NBC11 News in Grand Junction spotlighted the work the Young Fathers program at Hilltop Community Resources is doing to engage more fathers on the Western Slope in their children's lives. Click on the link below to learn more about Hilltop Community Resources. | Read story
November Means FRED - Fathers Reading Every DayOn Saturday, November 13th, Dan Welch, administrator of the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, was featured in a segment on the 7News Weekend Morning Show promoting the Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) program. The Initiative promotes FRED to Colorado fathers every November as a way to encourage them to start reading with their children on a daily basis. | Read story
Thursday's EventsGIRL POWER DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS FAIR, 7-9 p.m., Higher Grounds, 134 11th Ave., Greeley. Music, fun, and explore healthy relationships because October is domestic violence awareness month. | Read story
Common missionIt started with a simple question posed five years ago by government officials and pastors in Weld County: “How can we do better?”
What came next evolved into an unusual partnership between two separate worlds: faith-based organizations and government officials. | Read story