Fatherhood Summit Offers Resources to Area Dads
The 9th Annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit will be held on Friday, October 31st from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 1st from 7:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Destiny Youth Plaza located at 7210 North 76th Street. The free event which is a part of Mayor Barrett’s Fatherhood Initiative will bring together a wide range of groups, agencies, businesses and individuals to provide resources to build strong fathers.
Of all the social problems facing America today, the widespread absence of fathers from the lives of children is by far the most socially consequential and costly problem. “I launched the Fatherhood Initiative because we must improve the well-being of all children in Milwaukee by increasing the number of children growing up with involved, responsible, committed fathers,” said Mayor Barrett. “We need to invest in the young people of our city and give them strong families to support them during the most critical time in their lives.”
The goal of the two-day summit is to create more effective dads and, in turn, stronger families and communities. It is organized and hosted by the City of Milwaukee, County of Milwaukee, Mayor Barrett’s Fatherhood Initiative, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee and the Social Development Commission.
Summit topics will include the importance of good health, credit repair, starting a business, healing broken relationships and changing one’s life direction. Information on new Milwaukee County bus routes that provide fathers the access to employers and jobs in area suburbs will also be highlighted. Saturday morning will feature a special session on skilled trades training and job opportunities resulting from the construction of the new Northwestern Mutual headquarters and other large economic development projects. The Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board and Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/BIG STEP will lead the session.