Ready to Work: Navigating Home, Job and Community
The 3rd Annual New York Fathering Conference will be held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on April 4, 2017. The theme this year is “Ready to Work: Navigating Home, Job and Community.”
The keynote speaker will be Mike Brady, president and CEO of Greyston, a leading social enterprise whose world-renowned Greyston Bakery provides employment opportunities that help lift people out of poverty. Additionally, twenty-one workshops will cover a broad spectrum of topics, such as job retraining, hiring trends, navigating government programs, men’s health and wellness, parenting skills, and ways to better engage fathers.
Register today, or for more information, send an e-mail to .
Dads Take Your Child to School
The first day of school is just around the corner. Dads should remember that kids do better in school when you are involved. Check with your child's school if activities are planned for this event.
The flier is available in English and Spanish.
Register for this event today.
We encourage school leaders and administrators to join the "Dads Take Your Child to School" effort. Read more about the program and how to sign-up.
Westchester County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) teamed up with The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester to collect and distribute school supplies for children in need. The Sharing Shelf will fill upwards of 1,000 backpacks this year, ranging from kindergarten to high school.
“We’ve seen an increase in demand each summer for new school supplies and backpacks. We need the community’s support to make a positive difference in the lives of local children, many of who would otherwise start school without the basics,” said Deborah Blatt, Director of The Sharing Shelf. DSS assisted once again this year by asking for donations from school supplies, backpacks, and/or monetary contributions to volunteers to help pack the backpacks. This year was another successful collaboration between DSS and the Sharing Shelf in helping needy children be prepared and ready to learn at the start of the new school year.
#DadBeThere Logo Design Contest
What does #DadBeThere mean to you? As part of his ongoing fatherhood initiative, County Executive Rob Astorino has initiated a design contest aimed at getting fathers and children to spend quality time together. In this case, the mission is to create a logo that illustrates what it means – to them – for a dad to be there for his kids. The winning design will be featured as part of the county’s Fathering Conference on April 4, 2017. Get the complete details.
April 5, 2016: Taking Care of Business: Equipping Dads for Parenting, Employment and Wellness
The Second Annual New York Fathering Conference, "Taking Care of Business: Equipping Dads for Parenting, Employment and Wellness," was held at the Westchester County Center. The goal of the conference was to inspire, educate and challenge attendees to improve services and programs for fathers, particularly in the areas of parenting, employment and wellness. Read the program for all that was covered.
The event featured 21 great workshops in which fathers and practitioners gained valuable insight on issues such as Employment, Navigating Government Systems, Men's Health and Wellness, Parenting and Engaging Dads.
Special guest speakers included Chef Jeff Henderson, Food Network; Dr. Ron Mincy, Columbia University; and Kenneth Braswell, Fathers, Inc. Read the 2016 New York Father Conference program.
Event news coverage and photos of the 2nd annual fathering conference
Here's just one photo from the event, but you can take a look at all our photos on Facebook.