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Melissa Steward

Melissa Steward

Melissa Steward is Vice President, Marketing of National Fatherhood Initiative. She is married and lives in South Carolina.

Recent Posts

4 Essential Things to Remember when Developing Fatherhood Programs for Latino Fathers

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Oct 3, 2017
Before you read the rest of this article, ask yourself the following questions: Do most Latino fathers speak English or... Read More

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

Reminder > Request for Applications to Start or Expand 24/7 Dad®

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Sep 21, 2017
There's still time to apply! Applications are due to NFI by Midnight Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, October 1, 2017. ... Read More

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

FRPN Free Webinar > Two Generation Strategies to Engage and Serve Low-Income Fathers

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Sep 18, 2017
NFI President Christopher A. Brown sits on the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) advisory committee. FRPN has... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Research & Studies

A New Way to Engage Dads Using Online Learning

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Sep 12, 2017
Maybe online learning isn't something familiar to you, or maybe you're unsure how it could fit into your organization's... Read More

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

Request for Applications > Start or Expand ​Your 24/7 Dad® Program

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Sep 11, 2017
National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) seeks applications from organizations that want to partner with NFI to expand the... Read More

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

The Future of Father Engagement is Here > Fathering in 15™

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Sep 7, 2017
Likely, you’ve heard about our newest online resource for dads, Fathering in 15™. We’ve already had a number of organizations... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources

When You Don't Have Staff to Run a Fatherhood Program

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Sep 5, 2017
You've got dads to serve, but no budget to hire staff to run a fatherhood program? Do not fear, the future of father... Read More

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

Using Facebook Ads to Recruit Dads > The 7th Step

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Aug 24, 2017
On Tuesday, I blogged about 7 Steps to Using Social Media to Enhance Program Delivery. If you missed that post, I highly... Read More

Topics: Tips & Tricks

7 Steps to Using Social Media to Enhance Program Delivery

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Aug 22, 2017
An important (if not the most important) aspect of running a successful fatherhood program is engaging participants. Whether... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Tips & Tricks

How Family Practitioners Can Help Dads with Child Support Issues

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Aug 10, 2017
If you have fathers in your program who have a legal obligation to make child support payments, you are not alone. In fact,... Read More

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

Camp Grace Reunites Incarcerated Fathers with Their Children

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Aug 7, 2017
We're all about connecting fathers with their children, heart to heart—and we know that it's doubly important for fathers who... Read More

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

Spotlight > Hoop for HOPES Fatherhood Program Event

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Aug 3, 2017
Scheduling an event is a fun way to draw attention to your programs and services for dads and families. We've seen all sorts... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Success Stories

Everything You Need to Know About 3 Popular Fatherhood Programs

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Jul 27, 2017
Have you thought about asking your boss or funder to start a fatherhood program but didn't know how to start the conversation? Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources

Two Resources 'To the Rescue' > Have Meaningful Discussions with Dads and Moms

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Jul 13, 2017
A Fatherhood Mentor working in a Pregnancy Center called us one day in a bit of a panic. "I have a few dads coming into the... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources

NBC's Free Parent Toolkit for The Dads and Moms You Serve

Posted by Melissa Steward   |   Jun 29, 2017
Have you heard about NBC's Parent Toolkit? We're big fans, and want to tell you all about it so that you can share it with the... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Program Resources

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