Illinois Fatherhood Initiative
1 North Dearborn Street #1000
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone # 800-996-DADS or 312-986-4274
Fax # 312-986-4166   Email -


Volunteers Needed

to select the winners of the

Chicago White Sox 2015 Illinois Fatherhood Essay Contest


2015 IFI/Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest

All Illinois Schools K-12 are invited to participate



Click to view event pictures

Click to view a video about Ricky Byrdsong

Former Northwestern basketball coach, Ricky Byrdsong, was killed by a white supremacist in 1999 while jogging with his children. 

Now ten years later in 2009, this documentary examines race relations and how Ricky's legacy has live on.

Produced by Ryan Dietz, Alex Presha, and Tommy Giglio. Advised by Larry Stuelpnagel.

Copyright 2009 Medill School of Journalism.


Please watch this short video about the FATHER FACTOR

Click below to watch the IFI Video

Our mission is:
"Actively Engaging Fathers in the Education of Children."



Our June 11, 2014

Illinois Fatherhood Initiative

Fatherhood Dinner Celebration

was a huge Success

IFI recognized the following 
2014 Honoree Fathers of the Year

Rev. Harold Davis 

 Elzie L. Higginbottom

 Allen Lynch

 Mark Trestman

IFI also recognized the 12 Finalists of the
2014 IFI / Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest

Essayist   Category "Father" 

Brysen Bankhead 


James Bankhead 

 Teagan Lillebert

 Thomas Lilleberg

 Jaymie Mostacchio

Stephen Mostacchio 

Katelyn Halisz 


Michael Brady 

 Rodrigo Galvan

 Luis Galvan

 Gabriel Rocha

Jason Porod 

 Kylie Ceponis


James Ceponis 

 Ava & Gracie Jablonski


James Jablonski 

 Michael Davito


Thomas Seleski 

Dwight Jones 


Keith Pye 

Xavier & Jasmine Amezcua 

Eduardo Ramos 

Sarah Anson 

Robert White 


2014 IFI / White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest Finalists
Have Been Selected

These finalists are from the following schools:
Amundsen High School Chicago
Benito Juarez High School Chicago
Bogan High School Chicago
Bridgeport Catholic Academy Chicago
Chicago HS for Agricultural Sciences Chicago
Columbia Explorers Academy Chicago
Crystal Lawn Joliet
De LaSalle Institute Chicago
Epic Academy Charter High School Chicago
Gage Park High School Chicago
George Washington Elementary Chicago
Goodings Grove School Homer Glen
Goudy Elementary School Chicago
John Hancock Chicago
Kankakee JHS Kankakee
Marya Yates School Matteson
Mt. Carmel Middle School Mt. Carmel
Our Lady of Grace Chicago
Rachel Carson Elementary Chicago
Southwestern Middle School Piasa
St. Benedict Blue Island
St. Francis of Rome Cicero
St. Norbert Northbrook
Taft Elementary Lockport
UIC Woodlawn Chicago
Woodbine Cicero

Our 12 Essay Finalists Have Been Selected.


Click here to view the Finalists




We have implemented a variety of programs, 

events and resources that promote responsible fathering.



IFI holds events throughout the year to both raise money and celebrate the wonderful fathers in our lives.


"Click Here" to read the June 15, 2014 Daily Herald story
by Burt Constable


2014 IFI Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Winners "Fathers" of the Year and the essayists

Stephen Mostacchio

 (Jaymie Mostacchio)
Thomas Seleski 

(Michael Davito)


Robert White 

(Sarah Anson)


Luis Galvan 

(Rodrigo Galvan)

2014 IFI / Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Winners

Photos courtesy of Ron Vesely / Chicago White Sox

WINNERS of the 2014 IFI / White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest
at the July 5, 2014 White Sox game where the kids threw a pitch to their "Dads".
Pictured from left to right

Tom Seleski - Grandfather of the Year with Michael Davito
Stephen Mostacchio - Father of the Year with Jaymie Mostacchio
Robert White - Step Father of the Year with Sarah Anson

Not present - Luis Galvan - Father-Figure of the Year and Rodrigo Galvan


Please watch this short video about the FATHER FACTOR

   Please support the 
IFI 30 For 30 Campaign
 to raise $30k   
 Thank You

David Hirsch
Founder, Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI)

 Launched the 
  IFI Fatherhood School Assessment Program CLICK HERE

 Debuted its plans to develop the 
   IFI TALKS Mentoring Program, CLICK HERE 
 Announced plans to expand the 
   IFI Watch D.O.G.S. Program, CLICK HERE

 Put a call out for 10 IFI Champions 
   to take the organization
 to the next level CLICK HERE  
 Debuted the 21st Century Dads Promise Cards CLICK HERE


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Contact Us

1 North Dearborn Street #1000
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone # 800-996-DADS or 312-986-4274
Fax # 312-986-4166 ===========================================  
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 If it were not for the help of our members,  that special connection between father and child   wouldn't be possible. We are sincerely thankful for all you do. 

Author and speaker Rick Johnson founded Better Dads, a fathering skills program, based on the urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities. Rick's books have expanded his ministry to include influencing the whole family, with life-changing insights for men and women on parenting, marriage, and personal growth.

The Illinois Fatherhood Initiative is a 501(c)3 charity.
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