It’s been over 5 years since the initial conversation took place that prompted me to bring men/ father’s together to discuss life as a father. The first meeting took place at Neighborhood Place located at Shawnee High School, and because of the success and need, I convinced the community council of 810 Neighborhood Place to help me host more. The discussions were so well received, and the need so urgent to work with fathers, I founded 2NOT1.
Since the inception of 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families I’ve been blessed to have community support for many of the initiatives I’ve set forth through 2NOT1. The end result is awareness from Conferences, recognizing the need to work with mothers and support their efforts through our Mother’s Forum, our first ever graduation class, on 06.16.11, of TFU (Teen Fatherhood University), men having opportunities to share their frustrations about fatherhood and work with other fathers to develop solutions. Out of all these things, and many more not listed, the most gratifying event is the Father’s Day Picnic. 2011 is the 3rd year for the event.
The tagline for 2NOT1 is “Changing the Lives of Children, One Father at a Time!” At the picnic fathers and families have an opportunity to spend quality time together and that’s what it’s all about, the children. Through my years as a responsible fatherhood practitioner I know children have been positively impacted through my work and the dedication of men/ fathers who want to be the best they can be. On a personal note, there’s nothing like the feeling of knowing your a father to your children and having an impact in their lives. That’s why on a day like today, Father’s Day 06.19.11, I’m excited to say to all the fathers, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, and as I’m granted more time on this earth and continue on my mission to promote responsible fatherhood, I look forward to a day when EVERY child can say “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY,” and mean it, to a father in their life!