Urban Strategies Council is proud to be a partner with First 5 Alameda County’s Fathers Corps program and to have participated in their recent retreat.

Facilitated by Dr. David Inniss, topics and learning objectives ranged from the pervasiveness of fatherlessness in the United States and its qualitative impact, to discussing strategies for a county-wide approach to supporting healthy co-parenting relationships.

Co-parenting with the mother of young children after the breakdown of a relationship was a primary topic at the retreat where attendees were asked to share their experiences with an emphasis on their wants, needs, and expectations as fathers. Urban Strategies’ Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) staff gleaned insights from these discussions that will be reflected in shaping that table’s campaign goals and objectives. Participation in retreats like this and partnership with First 5’s Fathers Corps program, helps Urban Strategies Council better recruit new members to the Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for BMOC table that we convene and facilitate, understand the experiences of our direct service providing partners, and integrate father friendly principles into our work.

Established in 2013, the Fathers Corps is a collaboration between First 5 Alameda County, the Alameda County Public Health Department, and Alameda County Social Services. The Fathers Corps is a county-wide team of male service providers trained to help strengthen families by fostering constructive engagement of fathers in the care and upbringing of their children.

For more information on Urban Strategies Council’s Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, contact Nate Phillip at nathanp@urbanstrategies.org.