Fatherhood PRIDE (Parental Responsibility Inspiring Dads Everywhere) provides education and support for fathers and father figures through case management, group education and one-on-one support. The program addresses the comprehensive needs of fathers and improves their relationship with their children by increasing financial self-efficacy, fatherhood responsibility, job-driven workforce development and reducing domestic violence and recidivism rates.
Children suffer due to lack of father involvement both financially and emotionally. Research shows father involvement has a direct correlation to the health and well-being of pregnant women and children, while helping to create the framework for a successful childhood. Adults and children in single-parent households are at higher risk of developing adverse health effects, such as depression and tobacco, drug and alcohol abuse. Fatherhood programs work to change the dynamic by introducing positive, goal-orientated behaviors that strengthen the family structure.
Fatherhood PRIDE offers several different classes:
- Boot Camp for New Dads is an evidence-based workshop that equips men of different economic levels, ages and cultures to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates and personally navigate their transformation into dads.
- 24/7Dad (National Fatherhood Initiative) is an evidence-based, nationally-recognized 12-module, 24-hour comprehensive fatherhood program for fathers of all races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Developed by fathering and parenting experts, it focuses on the five characteristics men need to be good fathers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Understanding Dad and Mom as Gateway (National Fatherhood Initiative) will be utilized with mothers as sister components to 24/7 Dad. Both curricula help break down barriers between mothers and fathers and facilitate helpful discussions and efforts towards co-parenting. Studies show that mother’s perceptions greatly influence father’s involvement; therefore, mothers are a key factor for getting fathers involved. When both parents can effectively co-parent together, their children benefit greatly.
- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Money Smart curriculum provides financial education for adults and young adults. The award-wining training is available in traditional and computer-based formats and covers topics such as the basics of borrowing money wisely, using a spending plan to achieve financial goals and how to use banking products effectively.
- Safe Sleep & Shaken Baby Syndrome: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths are a leading cause of post-neonatal mortality in Northeast Florida. Inappropriate bedding, not on back to sleep and not in an infant bed were among the top risk factors associated with these deaths. It’s estimated that somewhere between 1,200 and 1,600 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome occur each year in the United States alone. Comprehensive awareness and informational campaigns have been credited with changing behavior and reducing deaths.