Fatherhood Rite of Passage Workshops
In every culture there are definite rituals which males must experience in order to be recognized as men. These activities prepare young men in matters of family and community responsibilities i.e. vocation, marriage, procreation and parenting. This prescribed training is a rite of passage to manhood. The fatherhood workshop is a socialization/education process. It requires of the participant, a demonstrated understanding of various social concepts and skills essential to building and maintaining constructive families.
Fatherhood Training Facilitators (FTF’s)
The fatherhood workshop is led by a team of fathers who have been trained as Fatherhood Training Facilitators, supervised by a qualified social service professional. The FTF’s facilitate the fatherhood training session/workshops, sharing ideas, experiences and resources with the group. Groups meet weekly toward the completion of an 18 hour fatherhood training cycle.
Fatherhood Training Resources
Family Bonding Project
Having the ability to take one’s child (children, family) to movies, sporting events, cookouts, museums, etc., is very important to social bonding. Social outings are planned and coordinated by the fathers in the fatherhood program, the goal is to help fathers form healthy relationships with their children. These outing afford parenting males opportunities to observe how other fathers interact with their children. Fathers pass on constructive parenting skills while strengthening the bonds between father and child, family and community.
Fatherhood Resource Bank
A father, unable to provide for his own child, can develop feelings of low self-esteem. These feelings can lead a father to distance himself from his child or children. These fathers need help! In an effort to assist fathers in training, the Male Action Coalition developed the Fatherhood Resource Bank initiative. The resource bank collaborative, solicits and stores clothes, furniture, toys and other items that can assist dads in a time of need.