Be there For Your Kids

In This Issue:

  • Year Five Community Access Grant Funding Announcement
  • What's New on www.coloradodads.com
  • Program Spotlight
  • Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence Campaign Update
  • July Featured Father
  • Back to School - Helping Fathers Become More Involved in their Children's Education
  • Subscribe to the Latest Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign Initiatives
  • Upcoming Events

Year Five Community Access Grant Funding Announcement

The Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative is pleased to announce that 27 Colorado fatherhood programs have been selected to receive funding during our fifth funding cycle – October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011. Applications were received from 41 programs across the state, representing more than $2 million in funding requests. We awarded more than $1.1 million in total grant dollars for up to $50,000 per program.

The following programs will receive funding during this grant cycle:

Colorado Dads ImageAngel Spring Missions – Ridge View Academy, Watkins
Aurora Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center – Aurora
Central Visitation Program – Denver
Christlife Ministries – Pueblo
El Paso County Department of Human Services – Colorado Springs
Family Resource Center – Sterling
Fremont County Department of Human Services – Canon City
Goodwill Industries of Denver – Commerce City
Hilltop Community Resources – Grand Junction
Jefferson County Department of Human Services – Golden
Lowry Family Center – Denver
The Master’s Hands – Arvada
Men of Valor – Lone Tree
Northeast Denver Islamic Center – Denver
Parent-Child Interaction Center – Ft. Collins
The Pinon Project – Cortez
Prowers County Department of Social Services – Lamar
Redeemer Lutheran Church – Denver
Routt County Human Services – Steamboat Springs
Rural Solutions – Sterling
Saint Stephens Missions Church – Denver
Somali American Community Center - Denver
Summitview Community Church – Greeley
Touched By An Angel – Denver
Turning Point Mental Health Services – Denver
Urban Colors Arts & Mentoring – Denver
Women’s Resource Center – Durango

Stay tuned for complete information on all newly funded programs, including hours of operation, locations and major initiatives, on the Fatherhood Programs page of the Colorado Dads website.

 

What's New on www.coloradodads.com

Home pageWith versions in both English and Spanish, the Colorado Dads website continues to serve as an all-encompassing resource for fathers and fatherhood and family service practitioners. Because the site is updated almost every day, you may have missed some of our most recent additions.

Viral Videos

The Be There for Your Kids campaign strives to capture unique fatherhood moments on film whenever possible. Now featured on the Colorado Dads website is video footage of the 2010 Be There for Your Kids Awards winners during a special recognition ceremony at Coors Field last month. Check it out!

Publications

Numerous fatherhood related reports have been released over the past four years regarding the importance of father presence and the cost of father absence in the United States. Links to PDF versions of a variety of comprehensive publications can be found in the Colorado Data & Research section of the Colorado Dads site.

Funding Resources

For those looking for additional funding resources for their fatherhood programs, be sure to visit the Practitioner Resources section of the Colorado Dads website. The latest grant announcements as well as links to foundations and institutions that may provide support to those working with fathers and families can be found on the Funding Resources page.

 

Program Spotlight - Nurturing Young Fathers Program at Denver Area Youth Services - Denver

1. What services do you provide to fathers and families with your community access grant funding?

The Nurturing Young Fathers Program provides a variety of services including:

  • A 13-week fatherhood class utilizing the Nurturing Fathers Curriculum.
  • Dinner provided for fathers and children attending each class.
  • Child care services for all participants.
  • Housing resources/opportunities.
  • Support and guidance through the child welfare system.
  • Support and guidance through custody issues.
  • Support and guidance to obtain employment and to find educational opportunities. 
  • Monthly family events.
  • Baby supplies (diapers, formula, clothing, etc.).

2. What do you ultimately want to achieve with your program?

Ultimately, the program wants to strengthen bonds between Denver fathers and their children so that they are able to trust each other and feel secure in their relationships.

3. Describe at typical day at Denver Area Youth Services (DAYS).

A typical day at DAYS consists of clinicians conducting assessments and individual
meetings or group sessions to better help our community overcome parenting/fatherhood issues, substance abuse, aggression and gang problems.

4. What is the best part about working with fathers and families?

The best part about working with young fathers is watching them build positive identities and gain confidence that will help them nurture their children. It’s also wonderful to see families working as a team toward the same goal.

5. Share a program/father success story with us.

I, Leo Alirez, program administrator at DAYS, approached a young man who, while he was determined to be the best father he could be, did not know where to start. This father knew that he did not want his son to be raised the way he grew up. He didn’t want him to live in a father absent home.

While participating in the Nurturing Young Fathers Program, this father was able to remove himself from a gang lifestyle, become sober and get established in a full-time job. With his success, the father had a new spark in his eyes that I will never forget. This father never got down on himself, even during the difficult times. He always said that, “I can’t give up like my father did. My family and I deserve better.”

 

Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence Campaign Update

Pledge CounterLaunched in October 2008, the Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence (CMADV) campaign asks Colorado men to join others in the community in signing a pledge of declaration to end violence against women. By signing the pledge, individuals declare that:

  • They are committing themselves to never use or justify the use of emotional, sexual, physical or economic abuse against an intimate partner.
  • That by example and by leadership, they will teach that strength and manhood are not defined by violence or domination. That they will speak out even when it is more comfortable to be silent. And that they will join with other men, across differences, to speak with one voice to say "no more."
  • And finally that they will honor the leadership of the many women that have fought tirelessly on this issue and join them in solidarity, firmly committed to equality.

Seven hundred and forty individuals have now signed the CMADV pledge. Over the past two years, the campaign has actively participated in local anti-violence rallies and events, organized a roundtable discussion with the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) Leadership Council and encouraged men to take a stand against violence. Now we want to do more. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The CMADV campaign is seeking to participate in as many community events/rallies as possible during this month. And if you work with a fatherhood program, this is an ideal time to organize a group of fathers in support of your local domestic violence shelter.

If you know of a community event taking place in October that the CMADV campaign should participate in or are looking for ways to get involved in the movement, please email Tyler Osterhaus at osterhtj@co.weld.co.us.

 

July Featured Father - Kendall Davis

Kendall Davis

Denver resident Kendall Davis is the most recent father featured on the Colorado Dads website. A father of one, Kendall enjoys reading with his daughter Kennie as well as motivating, inspiring and supporting her in all areas of her life.

What would you hope your child would say about you if asked what kind of a dad she has?

I hope that Kennie would describe me as a good dad, someone she's proud to introduce to her friends. That I put her first and provide her with the wisdom to be whatever she chooses to be.

What does fatherhood mean to you?

It gives me a chance to be a positive role model and give my child a stable, safe environment to grow up in. I did not have that a child. It's very important that my daughter is able to become her own person while having both parents involved in her life.

 

Back to School - Helping Fathers Become More Involved in their Children's Education

With the soaring temperatures outside, it’s hard to believe that Colorado kids will head back to school in just a couple of weeks. Fathers can play an important role in their children’s academic success. According to a 2009 study completed by the National Center for Fathering and the National Parent Teacher Association, more fathers than ever before are taking their children to school, attending events, visiting classrooms and volunteering to chaperone field trips or other activities.

Here are a few tips for fathers seeking to become more involved in their children’s education:

  • Spend at least 15 minutes a day reading with your children.
  • Ask your children about their day at school – Who did they sit with at lunch? What was one thing they learned that day? Remember to also check their homework every night.
  • Volunteer to serve as a chaperone at an upcoming field trip.
  • Communicate regularly with your children’s teachers, coaches and activity leaders.
 

Subscribe to the Latest Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign Initiatives

Our public awareness campaign strives to get the message of responsible fatherhood out to local communities in a variety of ways.

The Fastbreak for Fathers blog, written by fatherhood and family specialist Dan Welch, is updated on a regular basis. Become a subscriber of the blog and you will receive automatic e-mail announcements when it is updated.

Another reminder that the Be There for Your Kids Facebook page is back! We encourage you to “Like” this page and comment on fatherhood news articles and notes as we increase our number of followers. Be sure to also check out our YouTube channel for the latest campaign videos.

 

Upcoming Events

Connecting the Dots, Connecting Communities Conference
Thursday, August 26, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fellowship Church, Greeley

The Administration for Children and Families, Region 8, presents a free, interactive conference to celebrate relationships and collaborations within the context of:

  • Fatherhood Programs
  • Healthy Relationship Programs
  • Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Domestic Violence Prevention

2010 Fatherhood Training Academy
October 4 – 6, 2010
Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs

Save the date! The 2010 Fatherhood Training Academy will take place October 4 – 6 in Colorado Springs. All currently funded community access programs are required to send at least one representative to the Academy. Registration and hotel fees will be covered for these individuals by the Colorado Department of Human Services. Stay tuned for more information, including a Training Academy agenda and online registration, on the Colorado Dads website!

2010 Baseball Experience Contest
April 2010 – September 2010

Baseball is considered America’s pastime and the sport has always been a great way for fathers and kids to spend time together.

Throughout spring and summer 2010, the Be There for Your Kids campaign is partnering with FSN Rocky Mountain to raise awareness of the importance of father involvement. As this campaign grows, we are also pleased to offer fathers and their children a unique opportunity – a chance to ask a baseball question on-camera during an FSN broadcast of a Sunday Colorado Rockies home game!

 

Regional Fatherhood Forums

Northern Colorado Dads Fatherhood Forum
Held on various days throughout the month. For more information, contact Tyler Osterhaus, Family Focus Program Manager, Weld County Department of Social Services, Family Focused Prevention Unit at 970.352.1551 X622.

Arkansas River Area Fatherhood Team
A meeting on the first Wednesday of every month in Pueblo or Cañon City for lunch, encouragement and sharing ideas related to working with fathers. For more information, contact George Hoherd from the Community Partnership for Child Development at 719.635.1536 x262.

Southwest Fatherhood Coordination Council
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Diana Buza from The Pinon Project at 970.564.1195 x41.

Northwest Fatherhood Forum
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Steve Aurand from Garfield County Department of Human Services at 970.625.5282 x624.

Northeast Fatherhood Forum
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Jackie Reynolds from Rural Solutions at 970.526.3216.

Check out coloradodads.com to register for free or low-cost opportunities for dads to connect with their kids. Current offers include:
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One free trail ride for a father and two children with the Rapp Corral in the San Juan National Forest.

Two for One admission to the Greeley Fun Plex.

Free tickets to the Colorado Rapids vs. Dynamo game at Dick Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, August 28th.

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Each month, coloradodads.com is excited to profile a Colorado dad and his view of fatherhood. If you know of a Dad who works hard to be there for his kids and should be profiled on the Colorado dads website, please contact Maggie Spain.


To speak with someone directly about fatherhood support services, please call:

1.877.695.7996 (English)
or 1.866.527.3264 (Spanish).

Trained volunteers from Families First staff this line.

To speak with someone directly regarding the Be There For Your Kids public awareness campaign or the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, please contact an individual listed below.

Colorado Department of Human Services Contacts:

Dan Welch
Fatherhood Specialist
Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Works Division
303.866.3808
Email

Mary Roberto
Manager, Program Development and System Innovation Section
Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Works Division
303.866.2641
Email

The Bawmann Group Contacts:

(regarding the public awareness campaign materials – website, advertising and media relations).

Jennifer Nuhfer
Vice President of Communications
The Bawmann Group
303.320.7790
Email

Maggie Spain
Account Manager
The Bawmann Group
303.320.7790
Email