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

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Mothers are Important to Fatherhood Advocacy

In 2005 I was chairing a community committee, Neighborhood Place Community Council. During that time as part of the committee we addressed needs of the community serviced by Neighborhood Place. Employed through Safe Place as the Street Outreach Case Manager, I was charged with finding alternate placement for homeless young people. Prior to the position with Safe Place, I was part of a team in charge of recruiting youth to the Louisville Youth Opportunity Network, through a federal grant administrated by the Louisville Urban League.

It’s because of these positions I held in the community I become known as a resource magnet, a walking directory to services provided by organizations people needed. It was not uncommon to receive calls from people looking for these recourses I had knowledge of. Over time the calls I received became more and more similar, they were calls from mothers seeking information in regards to raising their children. More specifically, many of the calls originated from single mothers raising sons.

Realizing the need to support single mother’s I took the idea of offering a Forum for these mothers back to the Neighborhood Place Community Council. They understood the value and importance of working with this demographic so with their support the first Mother’s Forum was held. To make the event a success Cable Baptist Church provided the venue by allowing us access to their Potter’s House. Through support from Councilman David Tandy, Republic bank, and other supporters we offered the forum simply dubbed “Single Mother’s Raising Sons,” Forum.

That was in 2005, it’s now 2011 and we are a week away from the 5th annual Mother’s Forum. While the forum has changed to accommodate the growing number of participants what hasn’t changed is the objective of the form, show support and provide resources to assist moms in their parenting effort, to discuss the role of fathers and how to do the job when they’re not involved, and have a good time in the process.
I’m looking forward to the 5th annual Mother’s Forum coordinated by Jacklyn Walker, looking forward to interacting with the moms and women involved, and looking toward to additional Mother’s Forums to support mothers in the future!

Lastly, the Mother’s Forum is nothing without you! Please spread the word and let people know about this great event!

Shawn Gardner

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Men Being Men

Title: Men Being Men
Location: 812 South Preston Street Louisville, KY 40203
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Description: The objective of the “Men Being Men” movie series is to allow men an opportunity to connect and fellowship with other men around issues of manhood and fatherhood. The expectation is the dialogue will lead to action and awareness around many issues influenced by the positive leadership of men and fathers
Start Time: 01:00
Date: 2012-05-25
End Time: 04:00

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2011 Fatherhood Conference

Title: 2011 Fatherhood Conference
Location: 109 E Broadway
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Description: Fathers & those who help them will benefit from the 4th Annual Fatherhood Conference, “What Works!” hosted by 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families, Inc. The conference will be held October 14th, 8am to 4pm at JCTC, located at 109 W. Broadway, Hartford Building. This year’s theme is “What Works – Strengthen Families through Responsible Fatherhood!” The conference will highlight different aspects of fatherhood with both national and local efforts.

The conference will address issues critical to responsible fatherhood: education, housing, perception, and parents understanding the importance of working together. This year’s conference will also provide information about 2NOT1’s TFU (Teen Fatherhood University), program for males and fathers 24 and under.

We will wrap up the conference with the 2NOT1 4th Annual Responsible Fatherhood Awards Recognition, for which nominations are still accepted. Categories include (Deadline for nominations, October 1, 2011):

1) Young Fathers/ Teenage Fathers (24 and under)
2) Community Father does not have to be the biological father; this is open to any positive male role model)
3) Female support for fatherhood issues (a woman who has demonstrated the capacity to support fatherhood efforts)
4) The “Father friendly” Organization
5) The Father of the Year!

The registration cost ($40) includes attendance, continental breakfast, lunch, conference session materials and the Fatherhood Awards Recognition.
Everyone is invited to attend from childhood practitioners and single mothers to fathers and fatherhood practitioners.

2NOT1: Fatherhood & Families Inc. is a grassroots non-profit organization in Louisville, Kentucky, devoted exclusively to promoting responsible fatherhood. The mission of 2NOT1 Inc. is to “Promote the safety and well-being of children by implementing strategies to keep families together.”

Date: 10.14.11

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The Mission of 2NOT1

Promote the safety and well-being of children by implementing strategies to keep fathers involved and families together.

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Strengthening Families

2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families is dedicated to strengthening families through responsible fatherhood.

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