Welcome To DoDads

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In communities all over the country there are boys and young men without fathers or good male role models. According to the US Census Bureau 2011 report, 24 million children in America, one out of three, live in biological father-absent-homes. Also cited in the report, 12 percent of children in married/coupled families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother only families. In the article “Father Absence and Youth incarceration” it was revealed that youths in father-absent households had significantly higher odds of incarceration than in those mother-father families.

Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds.(Source: Harper, Cynthia C. and Sara S. McLanahan. “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 14 (September 2004))  Whatever the circumstances may be for the absence of a father figure in the lives of young males, through death or abandonment, research clearly displays there are a myriad of negative consequences effecting the lives of the children left behind. There is presently a tremendous need for male role models to be a positive influence in the lives of boys and young men who are fatherless. That support includes not only being a living example of what it means to be a man but to also provide support to their families. Even if the child is fortunate to have a healthy relationship with his mother nothing can replace a father figure in their lives.

Our mission is to provide of network of Dads devoted to improving the lives of young men, who do not have a father figure in their lives, by being mentors and providing support to their families in our community.

Through our actions we hope to ignite our community and other communities to become organized and reach out to families with boys and young men who do not have positive role models in their lives.

Many of the father’s involved in DoDads are volunteer coaches, devoting endless hours to hopefully guide young people on to a positive path in life. That influence is often measured in months at a time, depending on how long the season, of the particular sport they are coaching, lasts. The idea behind DoDads is to be have that positive influence on these children’s lives 12 months of the year.

Supporting the families of these children is equally as important. Having an organization that a mother can call on for everything from providing transportation for one of her children, fix ups around the home and even providing financial support will be a great resource for the family. Allowing the organization to “help” will also provide opportunities for community service for the children in the program and in so doing provide life lessons to these young people. By them letting us help them, they will be helping us.

Fundraising will also allow the organization to raise money to pay for DoDads sponsored events, provide money to pay for activity fees for children and to create a number of academic scholarship awards for deserving children.

 

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