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Each month, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement aims to bring you a capacity-building tip to spark discussion and generate ideas on how to advance our organizations, ourselves, and the field. 

June 21, 2015

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Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there! With Father's Day on our mind, we are reminded about the critical role that fatherhood programs can play in the lives of Black boys and their families. But how do we know what is an effective program? Many organizations are engaged in this work, and certain practices can either positively or negatively impact families. Please see below for 10 critical features of successful fatherhood programs, and the full brief from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearing House here

"What Works" in Fatherhood Programs?
  • Strategy # 1: Incorporate teaching methods and materials that are culturally appropriate for fathers and the populations being served.
  • Strategy # 2: Select teachers and facilitators who believe in the program being implemented and provide them with relevant training and coaching.
  • Strategy # 3: Ensure that effective programs have a high staff-participant ratio.
  • Strategy # 4: Target curricula and set clear goals to be achieved by the program.
  • Strategy # 5: Use theory-based approaches that have been effective in influencing parenting behaviors in other contexts.
  • Strategy # 6: Employ a variety of teaching methods designed to focus on fathers as individuals and, in doing so, personalize the information.
  • Strategy # 7: Allow sufficient time to complete important core program activities.
  • Strategy # 8: Have staff who engage in one-on-one relationships with fathers.
  • Strategy # 9: Provide incentives to engage fathers and families.
  • Strategy # 10: Replicate curricula with fidelity.
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The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. CBMA is in the process of obtaining its 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. While CBMA is waiting for this process to be completed, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a nonprofit public benefit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, has agreed to act as CBMA’s fiscal sponsor and accept tax-deductible gifts on its behalf.

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