1) 2NOT1’s Young Fathers University (YFU): The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life for children by reducing risks factors for abuse. Potential risk factors are: The age of the parent, the family structure, the age of the child, and the inability to co-parent effectively. 2NOT1’s Young Fathers University (YFU) is a fatherhood program for young fathers up to age 24. YFU provides young fathers with the tools to promote effective co-parenting through conflict management strategies, financial literacy, domestic violence awareness and prevention, and other life skills. YFU’s primary objective is to increase and sustain consistent engagement of young fathers in their children’s lives. From July 2017 to June 30, 2018, 2NOT1 proposed to serve 10 new young fathers and 11 existing program participants. 100 % of the young fathers enrolled in the program participated in the resource, co-parenting, and monthly fatherhood discussions and gained access to new resources. 76 % 16 of the 21 fathers enrolled participated in the Father Friendly Systems Initiatives
2) 2NOT1’s theBLUEPRINT Rites of Passage Program (ROP): ROP is a mentoring program designed to assist inner-city boys 4th grade through 8th grade with their transition to adulthood. Through this program, participants are given the time and space to share their experiences and perceptions of life, which is space often not given to adolescents during this critical time of development. Boys 4th through 8th grades are active participates in the program, and when the boys enter 9th grade they are asked to take on a leadership role as Junior Mentors. The ROP boys have opportunities to spend quality time with trained adult, male mentors who have made the commitment to encourage, engage, and empower your youth for 20 weeks. Weekly meetings include group discussion on social and developmental topics such as community violence, conflict resolution, child/parent relationships, in-school/at home behavior, and study skills. ROP also promotes respect for self, community, elders, and others. From July 2017 to June 30, 2018, 2NOT1 proposed to serve 20 boys in ROP. 2NOT1 served 70% (14) of the number of boys proposed to serve due to the change in meeting location. The program goals were to decrease the negative in-school and at-home behaviors of 60% of the boys served. 80% of the boys would participate in at least one community event, and 90% of the boys would increase their self-awareness and conflict management skills. Of the 14 boys enrolled, the negative in-school and at-home behavior of 10 boys decreased. All participants participated in a community project, and all participants’ self-awareness and conflict management skills increased.
3) 2NOT1’s Parent Advocate Program (PAP): 2NOT1 Advocates provide extended support and resources to birth parent via the court and school systems as well as other institutions and systems of care. Parent Advocates make every effort to involve fathers in the parenting process, and by bridging the gap between work, birth parents, and foster families, Parent Advocates help achieve case closure in less time as well as keep fathers involved in the lives of their children. From July 2017 to June 2018, 2NOT1 proposed to serve 50 birth parents with active Child Protective Services cases who needed supportive services, information on their rights, and the need to address behaviors leading to abuse and neglect. 2NOT1 successfully engaged 51 birth parents. All birth parents served were engaged, received support, and received assistance with addressing behaviors leading to abuse and neglect of their children.
4) 2NOT1 High Road Parenting Educational Initiative: The “High Road” assists and supports parents with their parenting needs, connectedness with their children, effective co-parenting skills, and the ability to be their children’s primary educator and best advocate. Funded by the National Center for Families Learning, 2NOT1 is supported to continue our efforts to strengthen families through parent education and inter-generational learning practices. Parents set and achieve personal and family goals during “Parent-Time”. Families will build their skills and work as a family to serve their community by identifying matters/issues that concern them most through the “Family Service Learning” model, and importantly, intentional and responsive two-generational learning occurs during “PACT-Time”, which strengthens the parent/child bond. From April 2017 to July 2018, 2NOT1 provided up to 12 weeks of family learning to 35 families, and of those 35 families, 18 families were headed by fathers and 17 families were headed by mothers. Research shows that mothers are more likely than fathers to participate in family learning programming; however, because we shared the value of the program with fathers that trust and believe in the services 2NOT1 offers, they were fully engaged, they were educated, and they were empowered to continue to strengthen and grow their family.