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The Partnership Center Newsletter

June 23, 2011 Special Fatherhood Edition

Dear Partners:

Father’s Day may only be a daylong celebration but it took a week’s worth of events for the White House to recognize and thank fathers across the country for their role in creating strong communities:

  • On Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited a local Washington, D.C. school to recognize the role that dads can play in supporting their children’s education.
  • On Tuesday, the White House honored 15 Champions of Change who recognize the importance of fathers as role models in young children’s lives and have dedicated themselves to mentoring and supporting fathers across the country.
  • On Wednesday, President Obama and the First Lady hosted military families on the South Lawn for a special advanced screening of Cars 2
  • On Thursday, we re-launched Fatherhood.gov with updated content and the debut of the DadTalk Blog
  • On Friday, President Obama sat down with Robin Roberts from Good Morning America and discussed the important role fathers play in the lives of their children, as well as his own experience being a father.

As the President has stated, being a dad is one of the most important jobs any man can have, and the events described below highlight that truth.  As the father of two young girls and someone who grew up without his dad in the home, President Obama knows firsthand the power of a father’s presence in the lives of his children – and the holes dads leave when they are absent. 

The Partnership Center at the Department of Health and Human Services has the great honor of supporting the President’s fatherhood efforts, which seek to encourage individuals, especially fathers, to be involved in the lives of their children, and to be positive role models and mentors for other children in their lives and communities.

We hope you will take an opportunity to join these efforts by taking the President’s Fatherhood Pledge and standing with the President to say that you will do what you can to be a positive and supportive figure in the lives of children to help them reach their full potential.

You can take the President’s Fatherhood Pledge at: www.fatherhood.gov/pledge

Please feel free to contact our office at Partnerships@hhs.gov or 202-358-3595 to learn more about the initiative and fatherhood programs in your area.

Every day, from coast to coast, fathers across this nation give of themselves to fill their children’s lives with support and love.  Some may not live in the same house or even the same state as their child, but we salute all of these great men who remain committed to providing their child with a foundation to build a strong future.

Sincerely,

Ben O’Dell, Associate Director
Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


A Message From President Obama

Barack Obama and DaughtersI grew up without a father around. I was lucky enough to be raised by a wonderful mother who, like so many heroic single mothers, never allowed my father's absence to be an excuse for me to slack off or not always do my best. But I often wonder what it would have been like if my father had a greater presence in my life.

So as a father of two young girls, I've tried hard to be a good dad. I haven't always been perfect – there have been times when work kept me away from my family too often, and most of the parenting duties fell to Michelle.

I know many other fathers face similar challenges. Whether you're a military dad returning from deployment or a father doing his best to make ends meet for his family in a tough economy, being a parent isn't easy.

That's why my Administration is kicking off the Year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families. We're joining with dads across the country to do something about father absence. And we're taking steps to offer men who want to be good fathers but are facing challenges in their lives a little extra support, while partnering with businesses to offer fun opportunities for fathers to spend time with their kids. For example, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Major League Baseball and the WNBA are offering discounts for fathers and their kids, and companies like Groupon and LivingSocial will be featuring special offers for activities fathers can do with their children.

You can learn more and sign the Fatherhood Pledge at Fatherhood.gov.

We know that every father has a personal responsibility to do right by their kids – to encourage them to turn off the video games and pick up a book; to teach them the difference between right and wrong; to show them through our own example the value in treating one another as we wish to be treated. And most of all, to play an active and engaged role in their lives.

But all of us have a stake in forging stronger bonds between fathers and their children. All of us can support those who are willing to step up and be father figures to those children growing up without a dad. And that's what the Year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families is all about.

So I hope the dads out there will take advantage of some of the opportunities Strong Fathers, Strong Families will offer. It's one way of saying thank you to those who are doing the most important job of all: playing a part in our children's lives.

Happy Father's Day.

Sincerely,

President Barack Obama

P.S. Earlier this week, I did a TV interview and wrote an op-ed on this topic. You can see both on WhiteHouse.gov.


Latest News

Watch out for the D.O.G.S.

We recently hosted Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at Two Rivers Public Charter School here in Washington.  Secretary Duncan was at Two Rivers to check out the WatchD.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program.  Have you heard about WatchD.O.G.S.? It’s a national program in over 2,000 schools that encourages fathers to volunteer at least one day every year in their local school.  These dads are having an extraordinary impact.  Check out the pictures below, and find out how to start or get involved in WatchD.O.G.S. at your neighborhood school.

Read More >>>

Joshua DuBois serves as Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


The Year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families

This Father's Day President Obama kicked off the Year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families as part of his Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. It's an effort with partners from around the nation to create simple opportunities for dads and kids to connect, beyond Father’s Day. Whether it's a free game of bowling, a Major League Baseball or WNBA game, a visit to the zoo or aquarium, or discounts for dads and kids through partners like Groupon and LivingSocial, we're excited to help create small moments that can have a big impact.

Learn more and receive updates on this effort at www.fatherhood.gov


Take the President’s Fatherhood Pledge

 Take the Fatherhood Pledge

The President launched the Fatherhood pledge to encourage individuals, especially fathers, to be involved in the lives of their children, and to be positive role models and mentors for other children in their lives and communities.

Taking the pledge is just one way to show that you will do your part to be a positive and supportive figure in the lives of children to help them reach their full potential.

Join the President’s Fatherhood Initiative by signing up at: www.fatherhood.gov/pledge

En Español -www.fatherhood.gov/iniciativa

What do you get when you sign up?

  • Information on local and national events that support fatherhood and mentorship
  • Links to exceptional fatherhood and mentoring resources
  • Access to unique content

Upcoming Events

PCIP

June 29, 2:00pm EST: HHS to Reduce Premiums, Make it Easier for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions to Get Health Insurance. On May 31st, HHS announced that enrollment for adults applying for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Pool will be streamlined. Adults with pre-existing conditions could see a 40 percent cut in the premiums. The Partnership Center is hosting a conference call for faith and community leaders to learn more about how the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan can help those in their congregations and communities.

Congregations and neighborhood organizations can play an important role in helping those with Pre-Existing Conditions get connected to care. Innovative ideas for meeting the needs of congregants with pre-existing conditions will be discussed. Guest Speakers:

  • Richard Popper, Director of Insurance Programs, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  • Acacia Salatti, Deputy Director, HHS Partnership Center

  • Lisa Carr, Associate Director, HHS Partnership Center

Phone: 1-800-988-9634
Passcode: 3058216


Empowering America's Grassroots

Grant Opportunities

As always, the final section of our newsletter includes an updated grants listing that faith-based and community non-profits can pursue. It is important to review the funding announcement thoroughly to ensure that the grant is one that is appropriate to your organization’s mission, size, and scope.

Grants Listings

New ListingTitle:Projects of National Significance: Partnerships in Employment Systems Change
Description: These projects aim to fund projects that design and implement statewide model demonstration projects through Partnerships in Employment Systems Change grants that stimulate and advance systems change in order to expand competitive employment in integrated settings for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities (DD) including intellectual disabilities (ID).
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including faith-based and community organizations.
Funding: Up to six awards, with funding up to $500,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: August 15, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

New ListingTitle:Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Grants FY 2011
Description: These projects aim to fund grantees who then must competitively subgrant a portion of the federal funds to eligible organizations to plan and carry out direct service activities on the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including faith-based and community organizations.
Funding: Up to seven awards, with funding up to $300,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: July 21, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Corporation for National and Community Service

 

Administration for Children and Families

Title:Special Improvement Project (SIP) -- Projects to Address the Economic Downturn on IV-D Operations
Description: Submit competitive grant applications for Special Improvement Projects (SIP) to develop creative strategies and processes to operate programs more effectively and efficiently in order to address their immediate needs during the economic downturn and advance longer-term structural changes.
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including faith-based and community organizations.
Funding: Up to three awards with funding up to $100,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 29, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

Title:Partnership with Child Support Services to Develop Workforce Strategies and Economic Sustainability
Description: Develop workforce-related partnerships that would provide for job search, transitional and subsidized jobs, support services, job placement and job advancement assistance for non-custodial parents.
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including faith-based and community organizations.
Funding: Up to six awards, with funding ranging from $35,000 to $55,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 27, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

Title:Project to Test a Predesigned Data Warehouse Model
Description: This grant would fund a state to analyze, prototype or test the integration of the data warehouse with the state CSE system.
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to State governments.
Funding: One award, with funding ranging from $80,000 to $100,000.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 27, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

Title:Partnership to Strengthen Families: Child Support Enforcement and University Partnerships
Description: State child support agencies may propose projects in which they partner with a university or that involve a university and one or more agencies (such as TANF, child welfare, workforce, behavioral health, community colleges).
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to State governments.
Funding: Up to three awards, with funding ranging from $80,000 to $100,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 27, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

Title:Child Welfare -- Education System Collaborations to Increase Educational Stability
Description: Build collaborations between child welfare systems and Education systems to increase the educational stability of children in or at risk of entering the child welfare system.
Eligibility: Faith-based and community organizations that meet eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: July 26, 2011
Grant is administered by the:
Administration for Children and Families