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Melissa Byers

Melissa Byers

Melissa Byers is Chief Marketing Officer for National Fatherhood Initiative®. She lives in South Carolina.

Recent Posts

How to Choose the Best Tools for Your Fatherhood Program

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   May 11, 2017
People sometimes ask how NFI came to be the nations's leading provider of programs and resources for dads. Well, it all stems... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Tips & Tricks

‘Inside Out Dad’ Teaches Incarcerated Dads to be Better Fathers

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   May 8, 2017
WASHINGTON COUNTY — Every Tuesday inside Purgatory Correctional Facility a special class titled “InsideOut Dad®” takes place. It... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Success Stories

Creating the "Hook" for Your Fatherhood Program

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   May 4, 2017
There are many fatherhood programs with dedicated staff, curriculum, a facility, and community support – but lack participants.... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Tips & Tricks

Is Your Own Organization Getting in the Way?

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Apr 27, 2017
I hear time and again from community-based organizations or pregnancy centers that they want to serve dads, and in some cases,... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

Making the Case for a Fatherhood Program

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Apr 20, 2017
Planning for, and starting a fatherhood program can seem daunting. Perhaps overwhelming. But we're here to help. Over the next 7... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

"Daddy Don't Go" [Movie Trailer]

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Apr 13, 2017
Many of the nation’s top sociologists and policy makers consider fatherlessness to be the most pressing issue facing American... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Program Resources

The Problem of Incarceration for America's Children [Infographic]

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Mar 30, 2017
There are 2.7 million children with a parent in prison or jail. Ninety-two percent (92%) of parents in prison are fathers. The... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

[New eBook] How to Use the 24/7 Dad® Program with Teens

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Mar 23, 2017
Over the years, we've been asked for a curriculum developed specifically for teen dads. But every time we considered creating... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Tips & Tricks

Dads Are Magic Too. [Video]

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Mar 14, 2017
When we learn about brands that are committed to recognizing fathers for everything they contribute to their children and... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Program Resources

How To Involve Dad During & After Mom's Pregnancy

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Mar 9, 2017
Children do much better physically and emotionally when dad is involved right from the start. In fact, dad's physical presence at... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

Free Webinar > Fundraising for Fatherhood Programs

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Feb 27, 2017
Do you find it hard to keep funding for your fatherhood program? Do you rely on only one funding stream for your program?From a... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources

Save Money When You Run NFI Programs

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Feb 23, 2017
I regularly hear from organizations that they don't have enough funding. The sad truth is that often times, the fatherhood... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, NFI News & Updates

Deadline Extended > New Cohort: Learn to Use Change Leadership to Transform Your Organization

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Feb 20, 2017
EXTENDED DEADLINE! Applications will be accepted for the Cohort until Friday Feb. 24, 2017. The Alliance for Strong Families... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Program Resources

The Father Absence Crisis [Infographic]

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Feb 16, 2017
There is a crisis in America. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America—one out of three—live without... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

Apply for New Cohort to Learn to Use Change Leadership to Transform Your Organization

Posted by Melissa Byers   |   Feb 8, 2017
We recently learned of an opportunity we wanted to share: The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities has announced the... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Program Resources, 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad

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