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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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Free Webinar > An Introduction to NFI's Home Visitation Resource Bundle

Do you struggle with engaging dads in home visits? 

Do you lack father-specific resources to incorporate into your existing program, model, or curriculum? 

Do you have difficulty knowing what to discuss with dads and moms around father involvement? 

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this webinar is for you!

Opportunity to Start or Expand ​24/7 Dad®!

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) seeks applications from organizations that want to partner with NFI to expand the evidence-based 24/7 Dad® program within the community or communities they serve.

Free Resources > 4 New eBooks to Help You Serve Fathers

I want to introduce you to four new (and free) eBooks the NFI Team has created to help you get started serving fathers in any setting.

In this post, I'll walk you through each new eBook and show you how they can help you help fathers—whether you work in a community-based organization, corrections and reentry setting, military installation, or state and government agency. 

What "Dads Matter Too" Did for Their Program Graduation That You Should Too

When dads graduate from your fatherhood program, it's a big deal. It should be treated as such. After reading how "Dads Matter Too" in New Haven, Connecticut, created a successful graduation event, I had to tell you about it.

This program involved several local partners to make their graduation a success. Read this post and consider how you can make your next fatherhood program graduation special.

Free Webinar on NFI's GiveBack Program™ > How You Can Save Money on Supplies You Need

We recently announced our GiveBack Program™ here on The Father Factor as a way to say "Thank you" for partnering with us to serve fathers.

Now, we're excited to offer a free webinar to show you a brief overview of the program, tour the portal, and examples of vendor discounts and sign-up processes.

Here are the details about the upcoming webinar. Remember, NFI's GiveBack Program™ is an exclusive program for organizations that use NFI's fatherhood programs.

Spotlight > Teen Dads in Texas are Getting the Help They Need

I get this question often by phone and email, "Do you have any programs to help teen dads?"

My answer is "Yes!" Which is why I'm excited to see the work Martin Castaneda is doing in Midland, Texas. In this post, you will see how he is using the 24/7 Dad® program to help teen dads. 

5 Things I Learned While Volunteering at a Fatherhood Program

I recently spent 12 weeks as a volunteer for my local 24/7 Dad® Program. After watching nine dads graduate the program, here's what I learned.  

Free Webinar from FRPN: Using Cellphone Technology in Fatherhood Programs and Research

Advancements in technology are changing the way we communicate with each other and can have a profound impact in recruitment and engagement of individuals in human services programs.

Spotlight > InsideOut Dad® Helps Inmates Become Better Dads in Jackson, Tennessee

Thankfully, we see these types of news stories about our fatherhood programs often. We get excited to see our programs help people. Also, being a native Tennessean, I'm a sucker for a good Tennessee story. Here's one such spotlight...

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.

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Free eBook > 5 Questions Every 24/7 Dad Asks

This eBook helps you answer the five important questions around being a great dad.

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