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Mayor Barrett Announces 10th Annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit

September 14, 2015 

Men from around Milwaukee will mark the 10th year of getting the opportunity to become more effective fathers.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s Fatherhood Summit will be held Friday, October 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (kick-off at 8:00 a.m.) and Saturday, October 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Destiny Youth Plaza located at 7210 N. 76th Street in Milwaukee.  The theme of the Summit is “Celebrating 10 Years of Building Better Fathers and Families.”  The free, public event will bring together a wide array of groups, agencies, businesses and individuals to provide the resources needed to build stronger fathers.

The goal of the two-day event is to create more effective fathers and, in turn, stronger families and communities.  It is organized and sponsored by the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, Milwaukee County Child Support Services, Center for Driver’s License Recovery, and Social Development Commission.  Resources to be offered at the summit include employment resources, child support services, driver’s license recovery, criminal record expungement, financial literacy, health screenings, education resources, housing and family services.

In 2005, Mayor Barrett launched the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative to increase the number of children with involved, committed and responsible fathers.  Mayor Barrett’s Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative remains the largest annual gathering of men in the state, drawing an average of 1,000 men each year.  Thanks to the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative’s many donors and collaborative partners, more than 10,000 men in our community have been connected to services in the areas of education, employment, job training, child support, driver’s license recovery and men’s health services.

“I’m so proud of the work of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative.  Over the past 10 years, we’ve helped men become more effective fathers and enhanced the lives of children around the City,” Mayor Barrett said.  “By collaborating with other organizations and community leaders, we will work to make a positive difference for families in the City of Milwaukee.”

To date, the MFI has reduced over $10 million in child support interest debt to help fathers better meet the financial needs of their children.  Through the MFI driver’s license recovery program, thousands of fathers have restored their driving privileges and improved their employability.  The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative is working closely with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge and the Black Male Achievement Advisory Council to build upon its foundation to advance the achievement of boys and men of color and other populations of color.

Pre-registration for the Fatherhood Summit has begun at the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative and Social Development Commission websites at and

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