Responsible Fatherhood

Responsible Fatherhood Case Study

Organization: Pathway Inc. Toledo, Ohio

URL: http://pathwaytoledo.org/service/fatherhood/

Program Name: Brothers United

Funding: Responsible Fatherhood from the Administration for Children and Families

Problem Being Solved: Low father involvement and disconnection from the workforce

Curricula used: Love Notes

Curricula benefits: Dynamic material that speaks to the youth in so many ways

Target Audience: Young fathers ages 16-19

Audience Demographics: We target young fathers who are not in school, criminal background, drug and alcohol issues, mental health issues.

Class size: 5-10; one-on-one when necessary

Location of Instruction: Local Community Centers, Libraries and Churches

Length of Instruction: Our program is 78 hours which includes fatherhood, healthy relationships, money management and workplace skills.

Instructors: All staff trained in all curriculum. All curriculum is evidence- based – Primary facilitators along with another staff.

Student Workbooks: Workbooks are distributed daily during class sessions We keep the books until they are complete

Program Recruitment: Bus Stops, Libraries, Some Schools, and Community Centers – In the 10 worst neighborhoods in Toledo, Ohio.

Program Retention: Lots of phone calls, text messages, FB messages, participant assistance.

Incentives to Students: Students receive $75.00 gift cards at 3 weeks and 6 weeks.We serve food daily and special trip to Golden Corral on the last day.

Observable outcomes: Immediate participation and they learn and grow quickly. The retention on the curriculum is exceptional and our data outcomes are excellent.

Unique Implementation: Individual instruction, if needed.

Challenges: Recruitment of the fathers- We weren’t sure if there were young fathers in the amount that we needed them.

Tips: Allow the curriculum to speak for itself. Let the youth talk and you just listen — you will learn so much more!

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