Editor’s note: You have to give a hat tip to Mayor Bloomberg and Alan Farrell, the New York City-wide Fatherhood Services Coordinator, in making major strides (in just three years) in their collective efforts towards making New York City a more “father friendly” place to live. We are excited to share the following letter from Alan Farrell announcing the 3rd Annual NYC Dads Matter Awards & calling upon all of us to nominate an exceptional dad! We love what this program stands for so please consider nominating a dad today! – L.S.
- Make all City agencies as “father friendly” as possible;
- Uncover and remove any barriers that fathers may face in interacting with the City;
- Assist in the creation of memorable moments between fathers and their children; and
- Support fathers as they improve their capacity to be good dads.
- The graduation of the first cohort of the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Fatherhood Academy at LaGuardia Community College where for the first time CUNY is preparing 18-24 year old fathers for employment and for entry into higher education. The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is strengthening fathers and families and promoting responsible fatherhood and economic stability by connecting young fathers to services on a college campus.
- The launch of the Parent Pledge Project where we are partnering with community based organizations to explore alternatives for fathers and mothers to establish child support orders outside of court.
- The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) continued facilitation of support groups that bring dads together to encourage one another on the road to self-sufficiency and independence. Recently, DHS has collaborated with Carnegie Hall to provide opportunities for fathers and their families to attend concerts that introduce them to the vast and varied world of music.
Fatherhood Services Coordinator