Leadership Summit for Fatherhood Initiatives



August 24 – 25, 2022

In the United States, one out of four (18.3 million) children live without a father in the home. Father absence is associated with widespread negative outcomes for children at all stages of development.  Many of the social problems (e.g., child poverty, child abuse/neglect, infant mortality, behavior problems, poor school performance, teen pregnancy, crime, gang violence, substance abuse, etc.) are directly related to uninvolved or absence fathers (U.S. Census Bureau, 2020).

San Bernardino Fatherhood seeks to address these issues by collaborating with community leaders in various sectors (e.g., businesses, education, faith-based, city and county governments, health services, law enforcement, media/entertainments, non-profits, legal services, court systems, social services, etc.) in building a foundation that will successfully serve fathers in organizations and agencies. 

At this Leadership Summit for Fatherhood, community leaders will examine their organization or agency’s ability to effectively engage and involve fathers in services or programs through the use of National Fatherhood Initiative’s, Father-Friendly Check-Up (FFCU).  Here is the link to the webpage where you can download this assessment.

Mr. Erik Vecere, Chief Program Officer, with National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) will be our Moderator in providing knowledge and case studies on NFI’s Father-Friendly Check-Up (FFCU), covering the four assessment categories, through learning activities and group discussions.  Those four categories are: 

  1. Leadership Development. The attitudes, beliefs, and values held by the organization’s employees—the culture of the organization—and their impact on the delivery of services and programs.
  2. Organizational Development. The “nuts and bolts” of an organization that carries out its mission through organizational capacity as reflected in areas such as: 1) policies and procedures, 2) processes, and 3) physical environment.
  3. Program Development. The services and programs an organization offers, how it engages staff in offering them, and how it promotes and markets them.
  4. Community Engagement. The ability of an organization to engage its community in the delivery of services and programs.

After reviewing the four assessment categories, Mr. Vecere will guide community leaders in creating individual action  plans to effectively engage and involve fathers in their organization or agency.

San Bernardino Fatherhood is committed to this collaborative effort in bringing organizations and agencies together to build solid foundations that will successfully serve fathers, in turn, result in the well-being of children, families and communities.

Please consider being a part of our Leadership Summit for Fatherhood, scheduled, Wednesday, August 24th; 10am till 3:00pm, and Thursday 25th; 9:00am till 12:00 noon, in 2022.  The location will be Bob Murphy Community Day School; located at 149 N. Arrowhead Ave., Rialto, CA 92376. 

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