Changing the Lives of Children, One Father at a Time!

Month: May 2014

Father’s Day Picnic

Title: Father’s Day Picnic
Location: 600 E Oak St, Louisville, KY 40203
Link out: Click here
Description: A day for fathers and families to spend quality time together. The day will include activities, food, and fun, and it’s all free.
Start Time: 02:00
Date: 2014-06-15
End Time: 06:00

For six years, rain or shine, the 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families, Inc. has been an activity to get the fathers and families out for a quality day of time spent together. Make your plans now, to hang with 2NOT1 as we celebrate fatherhood.

News clip from year 5!

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Fatherhood Discussions

May 8, 2014

We are all aware that birth outcomes and early childhood development can be enhanced by the early and continuous involvement of fathers in the lives of their children. The FatherhoodDiscussions are intended to encourage participation by fathers in the lives of their children from conception and ongoing while providing dads with some health education to help them understand why their involvement is so important. Individual/personal issues such as health insurance, parenting skills, anger management, the importance of fathers supporting breastfeeding, visitation rights, relationship skills and more will be addressed as the Discussions progress.nnFatherhood Discussions are possible through the partnerships of Louisville Metro Health Department’s Healthy Start program, Louisville Metro Housing Authority, Plymouth Community and Renewal Center, and the University of Louisville. As of May 6, the final session of the 2nd of the second cohort was complete. These two sessions, the first in the Park Hill housing complex, and the second in the Beecher Terrace housing complex, serve as the pilot to determine the need of a program catering to the needs of new fathers. As a result of the success of the pilot the first cohort will start June 17th. n

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Training and advocacy are needed for fathers

"This editorial was posted in the Courier-Journal newspaper April 20, 2014"

The incidents that took place in May 2012 and March 2014 are scenarios that require a call to action to prevent future episodes of violence in our community. In each case, the response of the community was to focus direct services on the youth. However, the 2012 incident would not have been prevented by youth activities because those involved were adults. Additionally, the recent Waterfront incidents also led to adult arrests.

Ensuring the development of our youth is important. However, we have to keep in mind youth prevention is only a fraction of the solution. There are many parts of the equation. Many collaborative efforts are needed to help enhance the well-being of our youth. At the forefront should be intervention and not just with youth. This intervention has to do with fathers as youth prevention alone will not address the needs of the recent Waterfront incident and the respective enhancement of our youth.

Training and advocacy for fathers is instrumental in providing direction for many youth. We no longer can afford to accept single-parent-headed households as the norm, and refuse to address approaches to get fathers involved.

Case in point: Locally, our school district provides services and support for teenage moms, and rightfully so. Yet for the teenage father there are no services, no support available for them. The premise is to “just go get a job.” In the long run that is no good for the child and as we realize, no good for the community.

Statistically, 85 percent of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes as stated by the Centers for Disease Control, and a 2013 University of Michigan research study states “behaviors from promiscuity to violence often are found in populations where fathers are absent,” and “In areas where adult men are scarce, young people are 36 percent more likely to commit assaults.”

Absentee fatherhood is a major contributor to the problems we currently see. Supporting the idea that fathers play a crucial role in rearing of the youth, the National Fatherhood Initiative shares a story of wildlife reserves that had a problem with orphan elephants running rampant killing endangered species. The problem was not resolved until adult male elephants were introduced into the population.

I’ve said consistently since the violence became a major blip on the radar, the best way to curb the violent behavior is to find ways to get fathers involved. Studies reveal fathers positively impact the direction of their children, but I’m convinced fathers become role models providing guidance for children in the community as well. There are over 70 percent of African-American children residing in single-parent households, in most cases mother as the head of household. This information highlights, our youth are not experiencing the benefit of the guidance and the stability of having two involved parents in their lives.

Many people are frustrated and believe parents are responsible for their children’s behavior. I agree. I believe a big part of the solution echoed by many in the community involves not just parents but specifically fathers. Communication and collaboration at all levels are essential to addressing and implementing necessary measures to ensure success on multiple levels, and some of that work is already being done.

The collaboration between 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families and many community organizations focus efforts on working with fathers. Collaboration with Plymouth Community and Renewal Center allows workshops and trainings for fathers. The collaboration with the city’s Healthy Start program provides fathers with training to support breast feeding efforts, child discipline, communication skills, anger management and peer mentoring, along with access to employment and educational opportunities. U of L Professor Dr. Armon Perry oversees the evaluation and assessment.

In closing, three things are needed to end the youth aggression and violence in our city. First, unselfish collaboration, in some cases with people we do not agree with. Second, acknowledge it is OK to intentionally and strategically provide services for black men/ fathers. Last, rally behind organizations such as 2NOT1 to provide support services, training and advocacy for fathers. If we do this, research shows we will sharply minimize the risk factors that lead to youth violence.

"This editorial was posted in the Courier-Journal newspaper April 20, 2014"

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This year 2NOT1 is on track to hold our annual events geared to engage, educate, and empower fathers, to strengthen families. These events are the Father’s Day Picnic – June 15, 2014, the Fatherhood Conference – October 18-19, 2014, and the Mother’s Forum – November 22, 2014. Please save the date on your calendar, and look for the respective information detailing each event to come. If you haven’t joined our distribution list please do so, to stay up to date with 2NOT1!



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