CHANGE IS POSSIBLE!
SEED IN NEW GENERATIONS.
The Community Transformation Initiative as a member of the network of fathering organizations with the National Center For Fathering promotes a viable plan that “reverses the curse” of fatherlessness. The family ecosystem over the last 50 years in the United States has deteriorated to an unhealthy condition of fatherless children and adults. Juvenile detention centers are pressed. Adult prisons are pressed. Gang activity is on the rise. Behavioral distress is burgeoning. Schools are disturbed. Leadership in community and statehouse struggles with the long-term impact of fatherlessness. Leaders in the homes, community, and government need encouragement to sustain stable two-parent homes and positive morally responsible and healthy relational environments.
Mission: Through effective and cost efficient education and events the Community Transformation Initiative plans to strengthen the fathering bond with children and mothers and encourage lifelong commitment to offspring. Furthermore, we will encourage morally responsible and relationally healthy attitudes and behaviors. Healthy community stands on the shoulders of healthy parented families. Community stability exists in the environment of morally responsible and accountable behavior. We target men, fathers, and community leaders, who influence the family ecosystem. From 1960 to 2012 the impact of moving from an 11% to 40% physical fatherless society has been well documented as destructive to the cultural family ecosystem of not just the United States but worldwide. The epidemic is out of control. Fatherless homes have become endemic with a trend to homes of never-married single mothers in their twenties and thirties raising children as best as is possible, yet lacking full benefits of a two-parent home. The outcomes of our efforts are designed to a)increase the percentages of homes with healthy and positive two parent influence b)develop sensitivity and programs in established community organizations to sustain societal change c)train and develop men as responsible and committed participants in community and family. The Community Transformation Initiative will provide pastoral advice service to men and families, develop and implement community based education and programs , develop and implement Dad’s University, Watch D.O.G.S., and FEARLESS weekends, establish an interactive online presence for worldwide impact, and integrate all activities with other community organizations such as the Department of Human Services, CDC, National Center for Fathering, CBMC, ministerial organizations, and centers of education. Our programs will be designed to be implemented with cultural relevancy to the community influenced.
Core Guides and Values:
- Moral Responsibility and Accountability: Family stability depends on men and women exhibiting responsible behaviors that are lived out accountable to each other, their families, and the overall community. Each takes responsibility to build, nurture, maintain and protect others.
- Cultural Relevancy: Education, events, and programs have concepts that apply in all cultures, yet, need to be administered in a relevant manner to each culture for clarity and impact.
- Long Term Impact: Every day is the seed of a new generation. Ensuring that men stay engaged and generations learn reliable behaviors and attitudes requires implementation based in partnership with community organizations.
- Healthy Relationships: Mutual support and transparency with a genuine concern for the benefit of the other builds healthy relationships.
CHANGE IS POSSIBLE! SEED IN NEW GENERATIONS
FEARLESS CATALYST WEEKENDS. There are two highly impacted generations affecting the fatherless. Men in their 40’s and early 50’s and men in their twenties appear to be high influencers of the trends. FEARLESS engages leadership of churches, the community of the congregation, and then businesses in a defined area to provide education and engagement for families and men over a six month period. It is highlighted by a power weekend. On Friday FEARLESS FAMILY NIGHT brings men, women, and teenagers together to strengthen the parenting partnership and parent/teen friendship. This same weekend has a FEARLESS FATHERING Saturday morning engagement and a FEARLESS FAITH Sunday morning to engage the entire congregation. Register: www.fearlessfathers.org/fearless-registration
DADS UNIVERSITY: The University designed for men will have levels of certification. Develop key ‘father fathers’ across the metro to host on continuing basis. Dr. Steve Nedbalek joins us from Oklahoma State Dept of Health and OCADVSA for special sessions. Launches online in late August after a good start onsite earlier this year. Register: www.fearlessfathers.org/dads-university
WATCH D.O.G.S. The Community Transformation Initiative will work with Watch D.O.G.S. and local congregations to develop impact for fathers in areas highly concentrated with fatherlessness. Our first emphasis areas are Tulakes Elementary in NW OKC and Epperly Heights in Del City.
The Danger Zones map shows the census tracts in OKC metro with over 50% fatherless homes. We have isolated and identified initiatives in NW OKC, West OKC, South OKC, East OKC, Del City, Stillwater, and Gainesville, Texas based on this research along with an ongoing program in Matamoros, Mexico.
GIVE NOW… STOP THE BLEEDING IN OUR NATION. www.fearlessfathers.org/the-giving-page