Men facing difficult challenges will be offered concrete ways to become stronger fathers at the 6th Annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit. The two day summit will be held Friday October 7 and Saturday October 8 at Destiny Youth Plaza at 7210 N. 76th Street.
The Fatherhood Summit will present a wide range of workshops and discussion groups on both days that are focused on giving men the tools to become better fathers. It will also feature a Job, Health and Resource Fair. The theme of the event is “Continuing to Empower: the Gifts of Give and Take”.
Two special presentations are planned for the summit that will involve fathers facing special challenges. On Friday at 12:15 pm, a Gathering will be held focusing on how to assist fathers returning to the community after incarceration. A panel discussion will be held involving different aspects of the re-entry system that deal with returning citizens. Confirmed participants include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, State Rep Jason Fields, Judge Michael Dwyer, and representatives from Community Corrections, Child Support, Prison Re-Entry, Sojourner Family Peace Center , the Alma Center , W-2, Driver License Recovery, and the Department of Human Services.
On Saturday at 12:15, the nationally produced documentary film “Men Ain’t Boys” will be shown by award winning producer Lamar Tyler. Following the showing, participants in Milwaukee area programs like Running Rebels and Urban Underground along with local artists/activists including Muhibb Dyer will join Tyler in discussing the film and its testimony concerning men recognizing and accepting their roles as parents.
The Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (MFI) and the Social Development Commission (SDC) and seeks to help area men become better fathers. By becoming stronger fathers, they will form stronger families and help create stronger communities.
Pre-registration for the 6th Annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit is strongly encouraged. That can be done by visiting the MFI website at www.milwaukeefatherhood.com or the SDC website at www.cr-sdc.org.