Fatherhood PRIDE hosts Back to School event for community

Aug 14, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

Parents and students received support and education to prepare for the new school year at IMG_0996Fatherhood PRIDE’s Back to School event on August 12. Fatherhood PRIDE, an initiative of the Healthy Start Coalition, works with local fathers to help them best engage with their children to ensure all babies are born healthy and reach their first birthday.

Hosted at Platinum Cutts Barbershop, students who attended the event were given backpacks filled with essentials for the first day, discounted haircuts and the encouragement to have a great and successful school year.

IMG_0901Community partners from UF Health Jacksonville, Legal Shield and the Women’s Center were in attendance and passed out information about their programs to provide additional support to families. Healthy Families Jacksonville and Healthy Start, both initiatives of the Coalition, were also in attendance.

Fathers play a pivotal part in a child’s development. The Coalition’s Fatherhood PRIDE program works to keep fathers in Northeast Florida engaged, present and accounted for so their children survive and thrive.

Fatherhood PRIDE: Keeping dad in the game for success

Aug 2, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

Fathers play a pivotal part in a child’s development. New evidence shows that children with early father involvement are more likely to be and stay healthy. The Coalition’s Fatherhood PRIDE program works to keep fathers in Northeast Florida engaged, present and accounted for so their children survive and thrive.iStock_000016287227Large

An active male role in the early stages of babies’ development produced better performance in cognitive test by the age of two according to a new study by research teams from Oxford University, King’s College and College London. Dads have a more stimulating and rigorous style of encouragement, which in return leads to a child exploring more on their own and in return could lead to quicker cognitive development.

There has been a proven positive link between involved fathers and higher test scores, whether the child was a boy or girl, according to the study. The Fatherhood PRIDE program works to get fathers involved with their children during pregnancy. The program offers a Boot Camp for New Dads course that prepares new fathers to take care of a baby. Dads-to-be learn from dads who have successfully Love you, Dadtransitioned into fatherhood. Other courses offered include 24/7 Dad, Inside Out Dad and Mom as Gateway. Fatherhood PRIDE also works with dads to help them find employment, further their education, understand how to manage their finances and much more.

The role that a father plays in their children’s lives is important. If you know a father that could benefit from Fatherhood PRIDE services, please fill out the referral form and enroll today. Fathers can also refer themselves by completing this form.

2nd Annual Fatherhood Barbecue Competition

Jun 28, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

Fatherhood PRIDE, an initiative of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition, hosted its 2nd Annual Fatherhood Barbeque Competition June 17. The competition began in 2016, as a way for fathers to bond with their children. Fathers play a critical role in a child’s development. Studies show that children with early father involvement are more likely to be healthy and stay healthy. Men have an innate desire to protect, care and provide for children. The 2nd Annual Fatherhood Barbecue Competition provided the perfect platform to do so.

The barbecue kicked off at 7:30 a.m. as fathers and their children begin to slow cook their beef brisket, dry rub their ribs and season their chicken.

As fathers and their children grilled, the parking lot filled with over 100 participants and community leaders taking part in the festivities. Children enjoyed crafts and face painting, while partner agencies provided information on their services.

On the heels of Father’s Day, the barbecue competition provided a family-friendly atmosphere that allowed fathers to bond with their children and community members to be exposed to local services while raising awareness about infant mortality.

 

Mother of the Month: May 2017

Jun 1, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  2 comments

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition would like to congratulate Keandra Simmons on being selected as the May Mother of the Month.

Keandra, a mother of one and participant of the Magnolia Project, was nominated by her case manager, Anna Matthews.

“I nominated Keandra as the mother of the month because of how much she has grown this past year,” Anna said. “She is truly a great mother who loves her son, and wants to give him the life that she didn’t have.”

Keandra grew up in Jacksonville, where as a child she witnessed her mother be domestically abused.

“I just remember him (her mom’s boyfriend) hitting her and kicking her,” Keandra said. “I told myself that I would never allow myself to go through that or allow my children to go through that dramatic experience.”

When Keandra found out that she was pregnant at the age of 17, she quickly reached out for assistance from the Magnolia Project. Since joining the Magnolia Project, Keandra has become more independent and capable of providing for her son. She has found employment, housing and has big plans for the future.

“I plan to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and then go back to school to hopefully become a nurse,” Keandra said.

On behalf of the Coalition and our Mother of the Month sponsor, Nothing Bunt Cakes, we would like to congratulate Keandra on being chosen as the Mother of the Month.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Mother/Father of the Month, click here.

Father of the Month: May 2017

May 31, 2017  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 11.43.19 AMThe Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition would like to congratulate Mark Johnson on being chosen as the May 2017 Father of the Month.

Mark, who is a participant of the Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. program was nominated by his case manager Kathy Irvine.

“It was recommended that I take the 24/7 Dad class that Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E. offers because I was having a baby at my age. It was a refresher course for me,” Mark said.

Mark, 50, and his wife Joyce have a one-year-old son together. Mark says that because of Fatherhood P.R.I.D.E., he now knows how to communicate with his wife better and even with his son.

“The class taught me how to actually communicate with a one-year-old. How to understand his wants and his needs. I strongly recommend this program for any fathers. You’re never too old to learn something new.”

Mark is a handyman who has dealt with his fair share of life’s ups and downs. After losing his mother suddenly, Mark fell into a depression and began abusing drugs.

“It’s not something that I am proud of, but it’s life,” Mark said. “We all go through our own trials and tribulations in life. Mine just happened to be drugs.”

Mark, who quit drugs cold turkey, has been in recovery for six months and does not plan to look back.

On behalf of the Coalition and our Father of the Month sponsor, Nothing Bunt Cakes, we would like to congratulate Mark Johnson on being chosen as the Father of the Month.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Mother/Father of the Month, click here.