"And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children…" Luke 1:17

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A National Day of Amnesty Set for Dads This Fathers Day

The Urban Leadership Institute (Baltimore) and Fathers Incorporated (New York) are pleased to announce A Day of Amnesty for Dads.

On Father’s Day, June 19, we’re asking men who are estranged from their children to summon the courage to take steps to reconnect with their children. By using social media and leveraging partnerships with community based organizations, this groundbreaking initiative seeks to mobilize 100,000 fathers to do one of the following:

1. Pick up the phone and make contact with your son or daughter

2. Write a letter to your son or daughter as an icebreaker

3. Contact your child’s mother or guardian to arrange a visit

4. Sign up for President Barack Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative via http://www.fatherhood.gov/initiative

Additionally, we’re asking mothers and grandmothers to be supportive of dads who are willing to initiate contact with their children. We believe helping mothers and grandmothers understand the power of forgiveness can be the first step toward healing families.

Through a host of national partners that are doing amazing work with youth, fathers and families across the country, A Day of Amnesty for Dads aims to reconnect fathers with their families.

Said David Miller, Co-Founder of the Urban Leadership Institute, a Baltimore-based advocacy group that works nationally to support fathers and families through programmatic innovation and to develop strategies to work with fathers in some of the country’s toughest communities across the country: “The issue of absent fathers has become a matter of public health. We can all identify fatherless youth in our community who struggle to cope with the realities of life.”

Studies show 72% of African-American children are born to unwed mothers, numbers that paint a grim forecast for many children growing up in communities already ravaged by crime, drugs and apathy.

Kenneth Braswell, Author and Executive Director of Father’s Incorporated, added: “It will be impossible to reduce crime and improve communities unless responsible fatherhood becomes a focus in those communities.

A Day of Amnesty for Dads has developed culturally appropriate promotional materials, including postcards, posters and billboards, as well as multi-media PSA’s directed at African- American males of all ages, to communicate creative and culturally relevant messages about responsible fatherhood and reconnecting with families.

The campaign’s partners will disseminate large volumes of information in underserved communities, prisons, jails and barbershops.

For interviews and media inquiries, please contact Lee McDonald- Renaissance Public Relations 678.778.3955 (therenaissancegrouplm@gmail.com)

Also, for more information please visit http://www.changingfatherhood.com & http://www.raisinghimalone.com.

Twitter: “Follow us on twitter at @Amnestyfordads

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amnestyfordads

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Real Dads Network Presents “In Celebration of Fathers’ Week”

June 4 – 12 2011 in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan

New York, NY— The Real Dads Network (RDN) is hosting its 4th In Celebration of Fathers’ Week.  This week-long extravaganza marks the continuation of the Real Dads Network’s Annual Black Fatherhood Summits started back in 2005.  This year’s events begin Saturday, June 4th and end Sunday, June 12th, with events taking place in Manhattan, Queens, Bronx and Brooklyn. The purpose of this historic event is to acknowledge FATHERS, especially Black Fathers, who are exemplary role models and positively impact our communities.

Originating as an outgrowth of the award-winning Real Dads – Black Men On Fatherhood Documentary, with commentary from the late Ossie Davis, Founder Derek Phillips created the Real Dads Network as a result of the unequivocal need for fathers to share their stories and experiences and provide a centralized resource where Black men could go to get AND share information. RDN provides information and Opportunities to improve the lives of fathers through its activities and events, thus promoting and portraying positive fathers.

In February, the Real Dads Network hosted its fourth annual Daddy Daughter Valentine’s Dance, as a prelude to this week-long event,” stated Phillips, founder & executive director. “The overwhelming support and attendance that we have received from past events leading up to “In Celebration shows me that  RDN, a portal for positive fathers in action, is not only working, it’s making a “Real Difference” in the lives of men and families! Real Dads throughout the nation are standing strong, dispelling the negative stereotypes that fathers are not active, emotionally involved, supportive, or financially connected with their children. Responsible fatherhood is indeed on the move.” In Celebration of Fathers’ Week is scheduled as follows:

Saturday, June 4, 2011: Fathers and Children Picnic (Queens)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011: Premiere screening of Guilty Until Proven Innocent – Documentary about fatherhood and the family court system (Bronx)

Thursday, June 9, 2011: Black Fatherhood Exhibit-Reception   (Brooklyn)

Saturday, June 11, 2011: Growing up Daddy-the Play   (Harlem School of the Arts)

Sunday, June 12, 2011: Real Dads Scholarship and Awards Banquet, (Manhattan)

The Real Dads Network is committed to “Making Connections One Dad at a Time” by helping to strengthen and re-build families, promote active and necessary participation of dads in their children’s lives and, most of all, vocalize the fact these fathers are truly “Present and Accounted For.”

Please contact Executive Director Derek Phillips at (212) 875-7725 or email realdadsnetwork@gmail.com to discuss the details of your participation and any ideas you may have to help make this event a huge success.

The New York City Fatherhood Initiative Presents “Dads Matter” Awards

The Mayor’s Citywide Fatherhood Initiative champions the message that dads matter. This June the Initiative will present the first NYC DADS Matter Awards. The event will promote the importance of responsible fatherhood by recognizing 10 fathers from across the City who overcame challenges to become positive and consistent forces in the lives of their children. The event will also celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch of the Mayor’s Fatherhood Initiative, highlight the City’s progress in making our agencies “father friendly” and help create memorable moments between fathers and their children.

This will be one of many opportunities to show that, despite the father absence crisis facing communities across the country, NYC dads show up every day and are present and active in the lives of their children and communities.

Nominate a Dad today!

Do you know a great dad who resides in the five boroughs of New York City? Do you know a dad who has overcome the odds to play a positive and powerful role in the life of his child and his community? Do you know a dad who proves the point that NYC DADS Matter?

If so, please nominate him today! A selection committee comprised of community and government leaders will review the nominations and select 10 honorees to receive their awards in June.

Nominations are due by Deadline of April 29, 2011.

To nominate an exceptional dad, complete the attached nomination form  (http://www.nyc.gov/html/hra/nycdads/) and type a three paragraph essay telling us how you know the potential honoree, the qualities that make him an exemplary father, and why you think he deserves a NYC DADS Matter Award. All nominees must be a father who actively participates in the life of his child, giving their health and welfare top priority.

Please note that nominations are open to the public and posthumous awards will not be available.

Email the complete application to nycdadsmatter@cityhall.nyc.gov or fax to 212.312.0785.

For more information please visit nyc.gov or call 311 and mention NYC DADS.

Your nominee(s) should not have any history of domestic violence, spousal abuse, child abuse or parental neglect and be current in child support payments and arrears. All of which may be subject to confirmation.

Fathers Incorporated Teams Up to Present Upcoming Movie; “COURAGEOUS”

Cast of "Courageous"

Film’s release will tackle the issue of Fatherhood and its Faith-Based Perspective

www.CourageoustheMovie.com

Sherwood Church, home of the hit independent movies FLYWHEEL (DVD only), FACING THE GIANTS, and FIREPROOF (2008’s top indie film), has introduced its fourth and upcoming movie; COURAGEOUS.

“The movie is about fatherhood and the title is one word: COURAGEOUS,” Alex Kendrick said, briefly outlining the plot.  “Four fathers who are all in law enforcement—who protect and serve together—go through a terrible tragedy,” he said. “They begin looking at their role as fathers . . . and they begin challenging one another to fulfill God’s intention for fathers.”

New York Based not-for-profit; Fathers Incorporated has teamed up with makers to introduce Courageous to the broad field of responsible fatherhood and mentoring. “Cinema is a hard hitting way to bring home the vital issues being faced by our families and communities each day;” says Kenneth Braswell; Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated. “This issue, none more important than in black communities; we’re 73% of all black babies are born into single parent households.”

The single-word title, Pastor Catt said, echoes God’s call for men to “rise with courage” in their homes and as leaders.  This at a time when 4 of 10 marriages end in divorce* and more than a third of all children live away from their biological fathers. Read the rest of this page »

Braswell to serve on Capital Region Mentoring Panel at Proctors Theatre

Braswell Speaks to Doyle Middle School Youth

“Help Them Get There”

How Mentoring Promotes Positive Outcomes for Our Community

Schenectady, NY – The Capital Region Mentoring Partnership is hosting a recruitment event and panel discussion on Tuesday, April 12, 2001 from 5:00 – 8:00pm at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, NY. The free event will begin with tabling and refreshments from 5:00-5:30pm, when participants will get a chance to speak with staff, mentors and mentees from many local mentoring programs. The Panel Discussion, from 5:30-7:30pm, will cover a wide range of mentoring topics, including the impact of mentoring, gang and violence prevention, responsible fatherhood, perspectives from mentoring experts, and reflections from past and current mentors and mentees. From 7:30-8:00pm, participants are invited to continuing speaking with panelists and local mentoring program participants.

John Harris of Albany City School District will moderate the panel discussion. The following panelists will discuss the impact and importance of mentoring locally. Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated, serves as a leader in the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Mentoring. Brian Hines, a former Little Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region will share his story. Brian was matched with Matthew Palsuzek in the 1970’s and credits him with helping to shape his future. Laura Hopson is with the University at Albany, School of Social Welfare and an expert in the field of mentoring. Stephanie Kossin Wolos is the past director of a successful mentoring program in Saratoga Springs, NY and has been involved in nearly 500 mentor matches as a supervisor for mentors and families for almost 30 years. Finally, Ron “Cook” Barrett, the Gang Prevention Specialist with the City of Albany, will share his insights into the positive effects of mentoring on vulnerable youth in the Capital Region. Read the rest of this page »