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Mission

Leadership, Equity and Advocacy for Dads (LEAD) advocates for the inclusion of fathers within RI’s service delivery system.

LEAD financial backing comes from the CASEY Family Programs. We are mandated to provide the following deliverables:

  1. Bi-Annual Summit - engages participants in a series of brief but focused conversations related to Rhode Island fatherhood practice, services and needs.
  2. Legacy Award Breakfast – an opportunity to acknowledge the above and beyond efforts of Rhode Island Dads and professionals who promote a positive message of fatherhood, create a greater visibility for the role fatherhood as a support to children, and improve access to education, advocacy, and resources for fathers and their families.
  3. Annual Training Events - Promote positive messaging; impact programming
  4. Speakers Bureau - a group of fathers who will work together to advocate for policies and resources that promote and support the critical role of fathers in children’s lives.

Speakers Bureau

The speakers bureau is a group of fathers who will work together to advocate for policies and resources that promote and support the critical role of fathers in children’s lives. We need your input and participation to develop and deliver our message to lawmakers, DCYF, and agencies across the state. Participation in this group can also provide you with friendship and support from other dads and access to free or low cost recreational activities for you and your kids. Contact Andre Brown to find out how you can help make a difference.


RI Fatherhood Events

2012 Summit Findings

Through this diverse gathering, the Father and Family Network (FFN) engaged participants in a series of brief but focused conversations related to Rhode Island fatherhood practice, services and needs. Data were gathered from this process with the intention of informing the training and advocacy work of the FFN, whose mission is to promote fatherhood in the state. Categories of focus included:

  1. Latino Papis;
  2. Child Welfare;
  3. Education;
  4. Legal; and
  5. Resources.

The primary themes that arise in these five categories were, Issues of gender & Cultural Bias, Education & Training for Key Constituents, Positive messaging & programming, Legal System & Advocacy, Family System Issues

Father-Child Art Workshop Series

  • These workshops engage Dads and their children in sharing their thoughts and feelings about their relationships through discussion and fun artwork activities related to:
    1. What does the Dad/Child do that makes them special?
    2. What is your favorite holiday to celebrate with your Dad/Child?
    3. What do you love about your Dad/Child?

  • From these discussion and artwork activities, Dads and children’s words will be captured and turned into a collage of adjectives and images
  • Artwork created will be used for the Legacy Breakfast as well as being used to create the save the date card, invitation, center pieces and additions to the RI Resource manual for Dads.
  • This workshop series will not only be about making art but also modeling for dads, while they model for their children how to share and talk about feelings and to find creative ways to express themselves.

2012 Training

Who’s listening to Dad?

This training will provide fathers with self-advocacy skills. Fathers will learn strategies to better understand, navigate, and communicate their needs within the child welfare system in ways that inspire collaboration.


Links


Resources

Adobe PDFThe RI Resource Manual for Dads

A manual intended to assist all parties in accessing resources to support dads and their families. Recognized as an opportunity to continue to document existing fatherhood services as well as to inspire agencies to develop services where there are none.


Gallery

To learn more about L.E.A.D contact
Andre Brown
abrown@ric.edu
401-456-4623

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Page last updated: August 14, 2014