According to the U.S. Census Bureau, individuals from father-absent homes are 279% more likely to carry guns and deal drugs than peers living with their fathers. That tells us that as a community, we must do everything we can to ensure that all fathers, particularly black fathers, have access to education, resources, and professional networks that will support them in their efforts to be present, active, and invested in the lives of their children, and within their own communities.
Dear Black Fathers’ mission is to organize and mobilize a diverse community of passionate, committed, and informed people centered on engaging black parents, particularly fathers, and their families. Dear Black Fathers offers black fathers, and their families free/to/low-cost parenting workshops, family-friendly outdoors activities, workforce development, and skilled-trade knowledge in the areas of basic automotive repair, masonry, roofing, and landscaping. The goal is to strengthen black fathers’ parental engagement, professional networks, familial relationships, personal well-being, and workforce marketability.
We understand that our mission is a challenging one, and there’s a lot of work to be done in order for us to be successful. However, Dear Black Fathers along with its partners and supporters, believe that creating spaces for black communities to share their knowledge, resources, and personal narratives related to parenthood is a great step into the challenging but welcomed process of healing, strengthening, and unifying black communities.