On October 24, 2014, The Fatherhood Task Force took a leadership role by organizing an Executive Summit at the United Way in Miami on Building Healthy Relationships: Partners for Change. The theme was to examine how teams, individuals and families can develop thoughtful and respectful relationships in response to recent headline news stories about abusive relationships between male and female sports figures and their family members The entire community benefits when all members know how to value their families and show respect in their workplace and schools.
Building Heathy Relationships: Partners for Change
panel of experts and many attendees contributed to the lively, in-depth
discussion. FTFSF will be connecting partners to form coalitions for future research,
programming and outreach.
The Expert Panel members included;
Holly Zwerling, LMFT,
LCSW, President of Fatherhood Task Force, Marriage and Family Therapist
Eastman, M.S., CEO/Trainer Brainheart Guidance
Blumberg, Esq., Family Law, Divorce and Paternity
Person, Service Coordinator Big Brothers, Big Sisters, WMBM Radio Host ‘Brother
Horace D. Ward, Rector Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, Miami Gardens
Montclair, NJ: Dr.
Kenneth Silvestri, EdD, CCH, RS Hom,NA
York, NY: Dr. Bennett Roth, PhD, Mt. Sinai Hospital
Washington, DC: Eric Vinson, Esq.,
Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida is proud to announce our new
partnership with the Miami Marlins. Fathers and their children recently joined us
for an outing at the Marlins Park for a baseball game.
2014 Involved Fathers Award
The Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida and the University of Miami, School of Education & Human Development recognized 31 fathers during the "2014 Involved Father" Award Celebration at UM Alumni Center on May 17, 2014 supported by The Children's Trust. Their schools, family and friends nominated them as role models for their commitment to the lives of children in support of their education and well-being.
In support of Fathers in Education Day, May 14th and Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week, May 12-16th, Ira Leesfield, far left at podium, and David Lawrence, Jr. received special awards.
We salute and value you!
Award Recipients: Angel Almaguer, Jose F. Argenal, Victor Bain, Arsenio Cabanzon, Esteban Campos, Luis Cruz, Gibson Dorce, Armando Fernandez, Humberto Garcia, Joseph Gebara, Aaron Gil, Brother Lyle Grandison, Douglas Greist, Pastor Dr. Dasha Johnson, Vinicio Larios, Keith Lewis, Ronald Mumford, Pascal Nikiema, Jorge Pineda, Kernst Raymond, Lewis Roberts, Jr., Jesus Sales, Daniel Sanchez, Don B. Smith, Lewis K. Smith, Tyrell R. Stewart, Sr., Cesar Suzarra, Randy E. Thomas, Andrew Varona, Johnny Wilson, Irving Zamora
On Father's Day, Every Day Ten Tips to Engage with your Children and Families.
1. Do something you enjoy which includes your children and community resources
2. Talk to your child so they hear your voice and feel connected to you
3. Show or express affection and empathy whether nearby or afar
4. Give your child opportunities to learn from you, your history, your culture
5. Express the importance of family - "It's good to be together."
6, Cuddle and read a favorite story where you make each other smile
7. Include others in your 'framily' circle and share stories together
8. Show your pride in being Mr. Dad every day - be involved in all ways
9. Demonstrate an interest in community to make it better
10. Set aside time to volunteer in your child's school to make a difference for all children
Call and connect with us as we increase father involvement in children's lives.
Fathers in Education Day: May 14, 2014
Stay tuned for upcoming news on Fathers in Education Day, May 14, 2015
Fatherhood Task Force and Senator Dwight Bullard partnered on establishing Florida State Senate Resolution No. 1432 Fathers in Education Day, May 14, 2014 and Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week, May 12-16 to encourage all Florida schools to invite fathers to read or tell stories to children
View the Florida Senate Resolution
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Fatherhood Task Force is reaching out to community businesses and
organizations to actively engage and support the May 14, 2015 Fathers in
Education Day and other FTFSF Projects by becoming a contributor. To
get involved or for more information contact
Your tax deductible contribution can be made out to:
Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida
7800 Red Road Suite 211
Miami, FL 33143
donation will help The Fatherhood Task Force create a bright future
for children, fathers and families in the state of Florida.
Town Hall Meeting
Building Successful Families: Involving Fathers
Sat., May 17, 2014
Eight Father Focus Groups spearheaded Strategic Planning on Services, Programs and Policy Changes needed to empower fathers in their quest to be involved and engaged fathers.
UPDATE (9/21/14): Early 2015, Final Research Paper for Father's and Children's Initiative to be released
Fatherhood Reading Squad
Leaders for Readers in Neighborhood Schools
The Fatherhood Task Force values fathers as educators.
A father's role as an educator takes learning to another height. Be a role model for children to learn, read, explore, think and imagine. They will soar. Fathers are an important resource for the success of children. Their presence, support and interaction leads to significant positive changes in their academic and social future.
Inquire about the Fatherhood Reading Squad: Leaders for Readers program and volunteer your time to read or tell stories in your child's school.
The fathers who participated in the Fatherhood Reading Squad in our local schools will be recognized at the Miami Dade County November 2015 School Board meeting by School Board member Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway, District 1.