Group Name: Young and Potential Fathers

Description: The Young & Potential Fathers Initiative addresses the cycles of disengagement, lack of resources and lack of visible role models for young racialized fathers in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods, with a specific focus on African Canadians. The initiative will strengthen the capacity of individuals, families and the community at large to provide direct support to young fathers and their children. In a model of a home away from home, Ujima House is a child friendly space where young fathers can learn and bond with their children. Ujima house was designed to reflect the comfort and sensibilities needed to create an environment conducive to young men feeling at ease.

Moreover YPF has created a space where Young & Potential Fathers can receive mentorship, support and be engaged in dialogues about issues relevant to them as fathers, racialized youth, and to receive life skills supports for them and their children.

Fatherhood Talk is a weekly discussion group designed to bring young and potential fathers together with peers and mentors from the community. Each session will take place in the Barber’s Corner of Ujima House and focus on engaging and empowering dialogue where the meaning of manhood, fathering and best practices can be shared. Conversation topics include Education, Employment, Involved Parenting, Politics, Sex, Music, Culture, Media and many more. A limit of 10 haircuts per session, participants must be in attendance to sign up for haircuts.

Where: 1901 Weston Road, Unit 18 | Toronto, ON M9N 3N5

Contact: Zakiya 416-916-2512 Ext. 305 | info@youngpfathers.org | www.youngfathers.org

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