This section provides PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood which feature Colorado programs and grant recipients.

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August 21, 2009

Keeping children safe online

The Internet can be a wonderful resource for children as they work on school projects, connect with friends and play games. However, there are also many harsh realities associated with advancing technology.

Children may be at risk for cyber-bullying, online predators and identity theft. As we approach the new year, Colorado dads are learning how to keep their children safe online. | Read story
July 3, 2009

Summer Fun Tips for Colorado Fathers and their Children

Many factors, from extended work hours to household chores, can keep fathers from spending quality time with their children. However, a strained budget should never be a factor. During the summer, there are a number of free activities perfect for fathers and their children to spend time together without spending a dime. No matter if you and your family enjoy music, sports, art, movies or the great outdoors, there is guaranteed to be a free event or activity that meets your interests each and every day this summer. | Read story
June 30, 2009

Dads 4 Kids offers fun time for both

Music floated on the breeze, joined by bubbles and laughter.

Saturday, June 27, 17 fathers and their children gathered at the Logan County Courthouse square for a Dads 4 Kids event featuring a sidewalk chalk art contest, games, story time, bubbles and prizes. Sterling's Family Resource Center hosted the event, with the help of volunteers from the center's board, Young Dads and Caring Dads groups, Early Childhood Council, Logan County Child Care Resource and Referral office and others. | Read story
June 25, 2009

Carmelo Anthony Foundation's June "15 on the 15th" Program Celebrates Father's Day

The Carmelo Anthony Foundation provided eight fathers and children with free haircuts at Carmelo Anthony’s Studio 15 on Monday, June 15th in celebration of Father’s Day on June 21st. The fathers and children participate in local programs funded by the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative. This month's event is a continuation of the Foundation’s monthly “15 on the 15th” program in which Melo utilizes his barbershop to help disadvantaged children and underserved adults.

From approximately 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM, eight fathers and their children received haircuts at Studio 15, located at 1740 Blake Street in Denver’s LoDo District. In addition to the haircuts, they also received a personal care gift bag with grooming products, courtesy of TIGI Haircare. | Read story
June 22, 2009

Rally Held For 100th Anniversary of Father's Day

Hundreds of people gathered at City Park on Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Father's Day and the importance of fatherhood.

"I love being a dad," said Victor Merchant, a father of two. "These guys have been just amazing."

Celebrating Father's Day is special to Merchant but even more precious is the time he spends with his children. | Read story
June 20, 2009

Colorado Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Father's Day

On Saturday, June 20, the Be There for Your Kids campaign hosted the 2009 Colorado Fatherhood Rally at City Park. This event was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Father's Day and featured Governor Bill Ritter, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the winners of the 2009 Be There for Your Kids awards and others. Throughout the week, Rich Batten was featured on 7News, 9News and KOA-AM promoting the rally. | Read story
June 18, 2009

Rally for dads and kids on Saturday

A rally honoring dads, along with free fun and games for kids will take place Saturday in City Park.

The 2009 Colorado Fatherhood Rally will take place on Saturday in the Meadows at City Park. The Meadows is located just west of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Father's Day, events will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a special fatherhood recognition program. Sponsored by the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, the program will include messages from Governor Ritter, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, other notable Colorado dads and the winners of the 2009 Be There for Your Kids Awards. | Read story
June 14, 2009

Fatherhood Rally June 20

On Sunday, June 14, Rich Batten, fatherhood and family specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services, was featured on the weekly Lincoln Financial Media public affairs radio show. Rich sat down with Simone Seikaly to discuss responsible fatherhood in Colorado and the upcoming Fatherhood Rally. Click on the link below to listen to Rich's interview. | Read story
June 13, 2009

Fathers are necessary role models

Father's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Some people might write this day off as just another of those contrived holidays like National Talk Like a Pirate Day or National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day. For me, Father's Day brings a sense of excitement and anticipation that can only be described as a cross between the present opening frenzy of Christmas morning and the post trick-or-treating sugar high of Halloween. This is the day that I am officially recognized for the most important role I will ever have in life. This is the day that I reaffirm my commitment to my greatest asset in life — my child.

Sadly, not all kids will have a father or father figure to celebrate with this year. Currently, more than 25 million American children are living without their fathers. National studies show that fathers are more important to the healthy development of their kids than once realized. Kids who grow up without a father or father figure in their lives are more likely to live in poverty, have troubles in school and even commit crimes. Now more than ever it is important to recognize the crucial role a father plays in the lives of his children | Read story
June 1, 2009

100th Anniversary of Fatherhood Marks Local and National Commitment to Paternal Involvement

The first of 100 Father’s Days took place on June 19, 1910 when Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington decided to honor her father. William Jackson Smart was a civil war veteran, a widower and single father to Dodd and her five siblings. Without his involvement, who knows what would have happened to Dodd and this national holiday. Sunday, June 21, 2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day and never before has the role of responsible fathers been more important.

Currently, 25 million American children are living apart from their fathers including two-thirds of African-American children. According to national research, children who grow up without fathers are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. Yet, as these grim statistics mount, a national trend is brewing to celebrate and encourage responsible fatherhood. | Read story

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