Webinar: Strategies for Helping Young Fathers

Updated on August 18, 2020, and originally posted July 31, 2020, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Young father spends time playing basketball with son

A webi­nar host­ed by the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion and the Cen­ter for Urban Fam­i­lies dis­cussed prac­tices and rec­om­men­da­tions for advanc­ing pro­gram strate­gies and poli­cies that help young fathers of col­or thrive emo­tion­al­ly, finan­cial­ly and as parents.

Dur­ing the hour-long event, Sup­port­ing Young Fathers of Col­or: Lessons From the Field, speak­ers — all of whom lead orga­ni­za­tions that serve young fathers — shared expe­ri­ences from their work and offered rec­om­men­da­tions for improv­ing the field, including:

  • build con­nec­tions among exist­ing young father­hood prac­ti­tion­ers so they can share expe­ri­ences and learn from each other;
  • expand both qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive research to improve pro­gram mod­els and build an evi­dence base for orga­ni­za­tions serv­ing young fathers;
  • iden­ti­fy gov­ern­ment poli­cies that penal­ize or exclude fathers and advo­cate against them;
  • increase fund­ing for promis­ing approach­es and com­mu­ni­ty-led organizations.

Speak­ers also explored find­ings and lessons from a new report, Reach­ing Their Full Poten­tial: Strate­gies for Sup­port­ing Young Fathers of Col­or — which shares find­ings and lessons based on inter­views with orga­ni­za­tions that have devel­oped promis­ing prac­tices to sup­port young fathers.

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