In honor of Father’s Day, the White House recognized 15 Champions of Change who are standing in the gap for our kids, and serving their families, their communities and our nation. Along with Michael Strautmanis from the Office of Public Engagement, Joshua DuBois facilitated a discussion with these fathers and leaders as everyone shared our stories about what fatherhood meant to them and how each person had contributed to strengthening fatherhood in their own lives and in their communities.
Below are links to some of the stories the Champions of Change shared in the discussion. Some stories of those of redemption. Others are about the supportive role that mothers, grandparents and mentors play when fathers aren’t around. More than one is about a father who initially didn’t fully understand his responsibilities, but came to recognize the sacredness of being a dad.
Thabiti Boone - Raising Awareness on the Importance of Fatherhood
Steve Crawford - Connecting Fathers with Their Schools
Carlos Duran - Responsible Fatherhood for Future Generations
George Gordon - All Because of My Son
Thomas Green III - Fatherhood and the Road to Recovery
Jonathan Mayo - Empowering Urban Young Adults
Dr. Roderick Mitchell - Engaging Fathers to Stop Domestic Violence
Alfred Plummer - Equipping Men to Become Better Fathers
Mary Polk - The Impact of Invisible Fathers
Eric Schurz - Overcoming Life Struggles with Fatherhood in the Tribal Community
In addition to the stories below, we heard from Matt Baker about how faith communities can strengthen values that have helped him be a father in the midst of a career in business, George P. McAndrews talked about his role as a grandfather not only to his biological children but also to foster children in his children’s homes , and Adam Tenner talked about how important it is for him and his partner to be a strong father for their child.
In the future, we will highlight blog posts from Daniel Jenkins who is a Top Dog Dad with the Watch DOGS program and Christopher Cady, recipient for the 2011 Military Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative.
Bringing your attention to these stories is just one more way their importance of fathers extends beyond Fathers Day in the Year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families.
Ben O'Dell serves as Associate Director at the HHS Partnerships Center promoting the importance of fatherhood.