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Ryan Sanders

Ryan is Director of Marketing and Communications at National Fatherhood Initiative. He is married with two young daughters and lives in Northern Virginia.
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New Spanish Resource > The Importance of an Involved Father (Brochure)

I'm often asked, "Do you have any resources available in Spanish?" My answer is, "Yes!" We do have many fatherhood resources available in Spanish.

In fact, our newest (and VERY popular) brochure is now available in Spanish! What's interesting about this particular brochure, is that it's almost more popular than our "10 Ways to be a Better Dad" brochure. Crazy, right?

In this post, I'll spotlight our newest Spanish brochure, as well as where you can find additional resources for the Spanish-speaking dads you serve.

The Four Roles of a Great Fatherhood Program Facilitator

As the facilitator goes, so goes the effectiveness of the program. We say this in our 24/7 Dad® curriculum and I experienced it firsthand while volunteering with my local county government. The facilitator I sat under was very effective. 

In reflecting over the last 12 weeks of sitting in sessions, I was reminded of what our curriculum calls the four roles of a great fatherhood program facilitator. 

In this post, I'll review the four roles and offer observations from my experience as a fly on the wall during a local 24/7 Dad® program.  

New Grant Funding Opportunity Available from the FRPN

The Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) has issued the third request for proposals (RFP). This RFP is intended to support exploratory and descriptive research that will provide insights into previously unstudied or understudied areas. It's expected to make three to six awards of approximately $20,000 to $50,000. 

Introducing NFI's GiveBack Program™ > Save Money on Supplies You Need to Serve Clients

For over two decades, National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) has created skill-building programs and resources to help organizations engage fathers in their children's lives.

To say "THANK YOU!" for partnering with us to give fathers the skills they need, we're offering a new program that helps your organization save money on recurring expenses. NFI has been receiving the money-saving benefits of this program, and we now want to extend this benefit to you!

In this post, I'll explain who is eligible for the program, and examples of the money you can save with many vendors through NFI's GiveBack Program™.

Free Webinar > NFI Programs: All You Want (or Need) to Know...and More!

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) offers over 100 fatherhood skill-building resources and programs, which everyone thinks is great! But sometimes, all of those choices can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to find time to learn about how each resource can help your organization better engage fathers.

With this in mind, we're offering this free webinar to help you learn what the best fit is for you and your organization.

New Free Resource > 46 of the Best Fatherhood and Family Films (Downloadable Guide)

Looking for a great fatherhood film? How about 46! We often get asked to recommend fatherhood and family films—either from dads who want to watch something meaningful with their children—or from facilitators interested in films to use with their fatherhood program.  

Our newest (and free) resource is full of films you can use to motivate, inspire, and connect with your child. And, if you lead a fatherhood program, you can use the guide as a helpful tool for the fathers and families you serve.

Free Webinar > Fatherhood Engagement in Community Action

Father's Day is over, now what are you doing to engage fathers in your community efforts? You know the research. You know that when dad is involved he helps reduce poverty, crime, and improves the well-being of children and families.

With this in mind, we have a great opportunity for you to examine what you currently offer fathers and families and get ideas of what's working in other communities...for free!

Spotlight > Newport News City Jail Teaches 107 Men How To Be Better Dads

We try to spotlight fatherhood programs we find in the news. This group is doing great work at the Newport News City Jail in a partnership between the Newport News Department of Human Services and the Newport News Sheriff's Office.

Hopefully, reading it will not only show you an example of what can happen when fathers learn how to be better dads, but it will remind you that your work matters. For this who don't currently serve fathers, perhaps you will be inspired to volunteer and help fathers in your city.

How To Celebrate Fathers > Fairfax County, VA Proclaims June as Fatherhood Awareness Month (Video)

I recently attended a special event to celebrate fathers in Fairfax County, Virginia. Between being a dad myself, working at National Fatherhood Initiative, being a volunteer, and then seeing my local government care about fathers, I found the event inspiring on many levels. 

With Father's Day fast-approaching, I wanted to highlight this inspiring event and the county leaders who care about connecting fathers to their families enough to celebrate it. As you read this post, consider: How are your elected officials celebrating fathers? What if all counties celebrated fathers like this?

Spotlight > The Teen Dad Experience (Odessa, Texas)

One of the most common questions we get about fatherhood programming is, "Do you have anything to help teen dads?"

Our answer is yes! Yes, we do. It's called 24/7 Dad® and in this post, you will see how one coordinator is using the curriculum to help teen dads in his area. 

Confessions of a Volunteer Co-Facilitator > The Importance of Fathers

What's it like to serve fathers? Glad you asked. I recently applied with my county government to be a "volunteer co-facilitator". After four years of working at National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), I decided to volunteer in my county. After applying (and passing my background check—yay!), I'll spend the next 12+ weeks with 15+ dads sitting in on a program called 24/7 Dad®.

I will share my thoughts along the way. For fatherhood program facilitators, I'll offer tips on running a successful program. For volunteers, I hope to inspire you to get involved with a program or start one in your city. Let's do this...

Six Steps to Implementing an Evidence-Based Program

This post originally appeared at Child Trends blog.

Governments, schools, foundations, and nonprofit organizations fund programs to improve outcomes for children and youth, so it is important that these programs actually achieve their desired outcomes. Just as in medicine, it is imperative to invest in evidence-based programs and practices. Whether it is an after-school program for youth, a teen pregnancy prevention program, or a mentoring program, success can depend on how well the program is implemented.

Free Webinar > FRPN to Host Webinar on Measuring Economic Security Outcomes in Fatherhood Programs

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST, the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) will host a free webinar for fatherhood practitioners and researchers. Learn more information and register in this post...

We Have a Winning Pledge! Announcing 24/7 Dad® and InsideOut Dad® Pledge

A few weeks ago, we asked 24/7 Dad® and InsideOut Dad® program participants and facilitators to submit an optional pledge that fathers participating in these programs could recite before or after each session.

We received a variety of unique and inspiring pledges. So many in fact, that while we selected a winner, the final pledge we present to you combines the very best of the "heart and soul" of many of the submissions we received.

Read on to learn the final pledge and the fatherhood facilitator who submitted it.

Free Webinar > How Father Friendly is Your Organization?

Ever wonder how father friendly your organization is? It's time you find out! You can with our Father Friendly Check-Up™. This free webinar is a great opportunity for you to examine and assess your organization's father friendliness by looking at the 8 pillars of leadership that affect father involvement in your programs—for free! 

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