Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative 

2021 Fatherhood Summit

Fatherhood: Navigating A Changing World

The purpose of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit is to bring men, fathers and future fathers together to identify solutions and resources that provide support to fathers. Our goal is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of fathers and caregivers in all communities to build strong pathways, leading to healthy father development and engagement in the lives of their children and families.

Join us over two days on October 8 and 9 for virtual sessions and services. 

Participant Registration Form - Please RSVP to join us! 

If you are joining the Zoom meeting on Saturday October 9, 2021 please pre-register below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with more information. 

Register for Virtual Sessions - Saturday, Oct. 9


Download Fatherhood Summit flyer

Exhibitor Application - Please return this completed form to Angel Young by Thursday, September 30, 2021 or mail to: Social Development Commission, 5003 West Lisbon Ave., Milwaukee WI 53210 or Email: or Phone: 414-335-5859 

Volunteer Interest Form - Return this form no later than Friday, September 24, 2021 to Angel at Email:  Questions? Contact us at 414-335-5859


Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative in partnbership with SDC presents 16th Annual Fatherhood Summit

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Gift Card imageFatherhood Survey Opportunity - Earn $25 Gift Card

University of Wisconsin researchers are conducting a study to learn about ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of fathers and their families. If you are a father to one or more children or currently expecting a baby, you have participated or plan to participate in programming of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative or other services specifically for fathers in Milwaukee, you are 18 years of age or older and living in Milwaukee County, you are eligible to participate in this study. Participation will include completing an online survey that will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Each participant will receive a $25 gift card as a thank you for your time.

Must confirm eligibility first: Please email or call the study team at or (608) 218-4771 to confirm eligibility.

About Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative

The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (MFI) was launched by Mayor Tom Barrett in 2005 with the support of many business, faith-based, philanthropic and other community partners.



The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative is a collaborative partnership dedicated to promoting the positive involvement of both parents in the lives of their children.



  • Human dignity and respect
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Advocacy and empowerment
  • Commitment, integrity and trust



  • Increased engagement between fathers and their children and families
  • Increased access to employment opportunities and quality of life services
  • Enhanced skills in problem solving and emotional well being


To date the MFI has connected more than 12,000 Milwaukee men to resources to help them better meet the social, emotional and financial needs of their children and families. MFI services include: parenting, child support interest debt relief, driver’s license recovery, employment, education, health, and more. Over 95% of program participants are African American and other males on color. The Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit is the largest annual gathering of men in the state.



MFI staff members are available daily to assess and address individual concerns of fathers while incorporating father focused solutions based on an adaptable plan and coordinated resources from reputable partnerships.

If you are in need of assistance, please contact: (414) 286-5653



Mayor Barrett & MFI

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