Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $98,723)
The Center for Families and Children (CFC), through provision of quality programs such as the Fathers and Families Together (FAFT) program, is highly cognizant of the issues surrounding at-risk individuals and families, and the positive impact that effective prevention education programs can have on strengthening and unifying families. The following information provides an overview of the issues surrounding the need for CFC's proposed component of the FAFT program, which is targeted to at-risk males, who are high school students or have dropped out of school. Risk factors include living in homes where fathers are absent, and residing in communities, which have high-risk indicators.
The objectives of the proposal Fathers and Families Together program component are to:
* Serve 108 male youth between June 1, 2006 and June 1, 2009.
* Provide 588 education group hours between June 1, 2006 and June 1, 2009 Provide individual coaching on a weekly basis as determined by the Facilitator and program participants.
* Increase the percentage of youth who demonstrate school bonding and educational commitment.
* Increase the percentage of youth who demonstrate improved social skills.
* Increase the percentage of youth who demonstrate improved family relationships, particularly relationships between fathers and sons.
* Decrease the percentage of youth with juvenile justice involvement.
Performance measures include the number and percent of youth who: complete the program, improve social competence, sustain school attendance, improve family relationships, and become offenders.
This part of the FAFT program will serve at-risk youth through services and activities that will ultimately help strengthen and reunify families. The program's duration will be 36 months. This prevention education program will be a combination of (1) group structured activities and (2) individual work that involves goal setting and family relationship building. The program will operate in closed-ended cycles, rather than open-ended or 'drop in.' An emphasis on the role a father plays in a youth's life will be an important focus of the program. NCA/NCF