We have moved the Academy of Black Fathers main office and Headquarters to Atlanta Ga
For young fathers we will institute our basic curricula training for all our young father participants population initially. That is, black fathers ,between the ages of 15-22 years of age. They are our most vulnerable,unskilled, under skilled and or inexperienced in pro-social relationships and contemporary parenting. Our very own curricula will be facilitated by a trainer instructor, trained and commissioned by AAAF and skilled in dealing with young black father's parenting challenges. we require young fathers’ participation, in a number of classroom hours, group settings meetings,in an interactive environment and lecture type forums. Our forums or classes would not appear like “just another school classroom”, but will explore areas where young fathers will use their own rules, within the program guidelines in a positive manner, that promotes their best efforts and develop new understandings.
The class training and social skill instruction, will consist of progressive segments, designed to build upon existing information and counter misinformation and negative thinking. Our implemented program segments are keys to assisting young fathers in learning how to cope with their children and the responsibility,use new ideas on keeping their children safe and in the home, while growing and expanding their understanding. Our young black fathers would learn new social and communicative skills, problem solving and relationship building skills,parenting techniques, while learning new ways to communicate their wants and needs.
The lessons plan skills and trainings are affected through a series of segments called our “Seven Core Concepts” and commonly known as “Self Actualization”©. The self actualization helps young fathers build on self issues first, strengthening their resolve and acts as a foundation for all others information to come within the training and class group instructions.
Despite all the information gained during the initial training, fathers could find themselves very vulnerable and set themself up for failure. We require each of our black young fathers to enroll in our mentor program, after satisfactorily completing the core training classes. Our mentoring program will be available to all of our young black fathers and our mentoring model will serve parents, youth, caretakers, with both male and female parent genders programs, to bring a full reflection of strengthening individuals in their parental roles, in collaborations with both genders, for the benefit and safety of the child or children in the home. We do this in order to promote, maintain and sustain permanency of children in the homes,as one of our objectives. To help maintain a positive relationship between parents and the children. to establish a strong network of support with the school systems and parents under the "No Child Left behind Act" and the juvenile court system.
The mission of our mentoring model is the pursuit of the following principles:
Our young fathers programs are all portable. We can serve young fathers in the best setting that would be conducive to their ability to participate without distractions. This means we can serve within institutions,communities and at our own designed locations. In the years between 1998 and 2007, young black fathers made up more that 70% of our participants.
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