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April 3, 2009

Obama Faith Advisory Council to Meet for First Time Next Week

The White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will convene in Washington for its first in-person meeting next Monday and Tuesday, according to a handful of sources. If all goes according to plan, the White House will use the occasion to announce 10 additional members of the council. A detailed agenda hasn't been released, but the council is expected to be divided into task forces in the areas that Mark Silk has reported:

the role of community organizations in economic recovery; fatherhood and healthy families...
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April 3, 2009

Promoting Responsible Fathers

The Department of Health and Human Services and the City of Laurel have joined other cities throughout the nation in declaring the month of April as Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Month.

In a special ceremony Thursday, City of Laurel officials announce April as Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Month and urged all citizens and families to reflect on the importance of family in the communities. | Read story
March 31, 2009

Dads complete fatherhood program

Eight area men received certificates Thursday indicating their completion of the 24/7 Dad fatherhood program at WSOS Community Action Commission Inc. This was the first class of its kind.

There was a ceremony at the Family Learning Center in Tiffin to recognize the fathers who participated in the eight-week long program.

The men in the 24/7 Dad program participated in activities that created self-awareness, the ability to care for one's self, fathering skills, parenting skills and relationship-building skills. These are the five main characteristics of the program. | Read story
March 26, 2009

Fatherhood: Six Men, One City

There are certain social justice issues an urban university has prime access and ability to address.

For Dr. David Pate and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Social Work Department, the impediments facing Milwaukee's black male population in accessing social services is just that issue.

In their soon to be released documentary, "Fatherhood: Six Men, One City," Pate and several social work students aim to enlighten and motivate Milwaukeeans about a seldom addressed community within our own.

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March 26, 2009

Five reasons why dad blogs are the blogs to watch

Mom blogs have spent a long time in the lime light with countless day time talk shows either referencing or featuring mom bloggers. The ‘mom blog’ has become almost an iconic part of our pop culture. Many mom blogs have fierce cult like followings with hundreds of thousands of unique visitors every day. There are many networking sites dedicated to helping mom bloggers network themselves and many other sites dedicated to helping women. The mom blog trend is hot, there is no doubting that, but what the mom blog fad has left in its estrogen laden wake is the start of the next big thing in blogging—the dad blog.

Here are the top five reasons why dad blogs are now the blogs to watch: | Read story
March 23, 2009

Working to put a 'Dad!' into young fatherhood

Several State University of New York Downstate nursing graduate students in Brooklyn teamed up with a program out of Far Rockaway, Queens, to make some young Bronx men better fathers.

Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing Clinical Associate Profs. Sheryl Zang and Natasha Nurse teamed up with David Jones, director of Family Support Services for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, to help nearly a dozen new noncustodial fathers ages 16 to 24 learn how to parent.

The motivation was simple. | Read story
March 23, 2009

Father and president

President Barack Obama sent his regrets for Saturday night's Gridiron Club dinner, a white-tie soiree that most Washington politicians — presidents included — generally regard as a can't-miss event.

The president had plans that trumped a fancy dinner with the political press corps: His daughters, Malia and Sasha, were on spring break, so he was taking his family to Camp David. | Read story
March 21, 2009

The Footsteps We Leave: Fathers and Sons

Fathering is at the heart of masculinity. I don't mean just fathering a child-any adult male can do that. I mean actually raising one and being responsible for another human being's life. I think it completes a man and matures him in ways that he cannot attain without going through the self-sacrifice that fathering requires. Fathering may be the most significant role a man can perform in his life. But the responsibilities of being a father have evolved over time. For far too long men were taught that being a father was just putting bread on the table and a roof over their children's heads. But our children also need the emotional, nurturing "father food" that men provide.

My friend Jon tells a compelling story about his father. Jon's father was a typical man of his generation raised to believe that a father's only role was to provide financially and to protect his family. He did not show much emotion and certainly no affection toward his family, especially his son. His gruff demeanor was a wall he erected to protect himself from the muddy and confusing waters of relationships and its entangled emotions. | Read story
March 20, 2009

Dungy expanding All Pro Dad to college ranks

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy is launching an expansion of his All Pro Dad program from the NFL into college football.

Dungy helped found All Pro Dad in 1997 using the celebrity power of NFL players to help men become better fathers and role models. Now, working with University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, the program will move into college football.

Dungy said he hopes involving college coaches and players will bring a new audience. | Read story
March 20, 2009

Dads take a stake at Browns Point

Dads are taking over at Browns Point Elementary School. Each day for the rest of the school year, fathers of students at the school will be actively involved in the school process for their children, as well as act as role models for the hundreds of other students at the school.

The Watch D.O.G.S. – that is, Dads of Great Students – is an initiative of the National Center for Fathering, which encourages fathers and father figures to get involved in schools to create a more safe and secure learning environment for students. The Watch D.O.G.S. program was formed after the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado, and has been implemented in more than 700 schools around the country. | Read story

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