Title

Fatherhood Is Leadership

Location

Harborside Center East and West

Strand #1

Family & Community

Relevance

Fatherhood is an important issue in our high-poverty communities. This Seminar will address effective communication with parents; Parenting skills and support

Brief Program Description

The Fatherhood is Leadership Seminar is a Call To Action to parents, community organizations and educational institutions to Do More, Care More, Share More.

This Seminar will take a deep dive into how to better engage fathers and the positive correlation between father involvement and youth achievement.

Summary

The Fatherhood is Leadership Seminar is a Call To Action to parents, community organizations and educational institutions to Do More, Care More, Share More. This Seminar will take a deep dive into the importance of engaging fathers (and male role models) in their child's lives. We will look at the roles of educators, community organizations and mentoring programs in creating a father-friendly environment for optimal engagement. This Seminar will also discuss how we need to break down the traditional "Silo thinking" of organizations when it comes to serving at risk (at-hope) youth and give specific tools on how to better work together.

Evidence

Research shows that father engagement is associated with positive outcomes in children. Active parenting by a father has shown to have positive effects on the social, emotional, behavioral and academic development in children. Children with an active father in their life: 1. are less likely to drop out of school 2. are less likely to be incarcerated or abuse drugs 3. have better friendships 4. have fewer behavior problems, 5. have better results at school 6. higher self esteem

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Devon Bandison MPA, is a Keynote Speaker and Executive Coach. He has over 15 years of experience creating and delivering nationally recognized community programs in NYC providing professionals, fathers, youth and families with the tools to become more effective leaders. He has developed and and consulted with many programs, including the FRIENDS Crisis Stabilization Program, Bronx Fatherhood Program as well as the Promise Zone Initiative. The FRIENDS Program has a system of care that provides mental health (Article 31 Clinic), case management, crisis intervention, therapeutic after school and support groups to over 800 children and families annually in the Bronx Community.

Mr. Bandison has been the Co-Chair of the Bronx Borough Based Council, and is a member of the NYS Children’s Oversight Committee, as well as the DOHMH Federation Children’s Subcommittee. In addition, Mr. Bandison is a member of the We Are The Bronx Fellowship Grant Writing Committee that has produced grants for non for profit organizations.

He earned his Master of Public Administration and holds a B.A. in Psychology.

Mr. Bandison believes that “Fatherhood is one of the highest forms of leadership.” He often says, “Like leadership, fatherhood is not about a position or a title, but rather the opportunity to model for others effective leadership and create a living legacy.”

Keyword Descriptors

Youth, Fatherhood, Leadership, Parenting, Education. Behavioral Health, Family Engagement

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-3-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

3-3-2015 5:30 PM

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Mar 3rd, 4:00 PM Mar 3rd, 5:30 PM

Fatherhood Is Leadership

Harborside Center East and West

The Fatherhood is Leadership Seminar is a Call To Action to parents, community organizations and educational institutions to Do More, Care More, Share More.

This Seminar will take a deep dive into how to better engage fathers and the positive correlation between father involvement and youth achievement.