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

Jay Cutler QB of Chicago Bears
Rev. Harold Davis
Elzie Higginbottom
Allen Lynch

to be honored at the 
IFI Fatherhood Dinner Celebration
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Blvd

Mark your calendars and plan to attend.
More details to come


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


Recap Community Leaders
Briefing on Fatherhood

A Community Leader's Briefing on Fatherhood
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00pm

 On Tuesday, February 11th, at the Union League Club of Chicago,
 IFI hosted A Community Leaders Briefing on Fatherhood.
heard  inspirational messages from special guest 

Paul Vallas 
and the following  presenters: 

Sister Mary Paul McCaughey
Superintendent Catholic Education, Archdiocese

Phillip Hampton
Director Family Engagement, Chicago Public Schools

Eric Snow
Co-Founder of Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students),
National Center for Fathering

Dr. Harold Davis
Founder, TALKS Mentoring Ministry

Phillip Jackson
Founder, Million Father March
BlackStar Project

David Hirsch
Founder, Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI)

 In addition to making an announcement of its new mission

 Actively Engaging Fathers in the Education of Children

  IFI  also;

 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




We have implemented a variety of programs, 

events and resources that promote responsible fathering.

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."

Writer/director/actor Harold Ramis 
died Monday, February 24th at the age of 69, leaving a legacy behind as a comedy icon in front and behind the camera. 
He was also a generous supporter of IFI and
Honorary Father of the Year in 1997.

Link to story: CLICK HERE 

2013 IFI Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Winners

Cordell Richardson
Essayist - Gabrielle Richardson
1st Grade - Cathedral Grade School
Belleville, IL

Eduardo Ramos
Essayist - Jasmine Amecuza
4th Grade - George Washington Elem
Chicago, IL

Autry Murray
Essayist - Ariel Jones
11th Grade - DeLaSalle Institute
Chocago, IL

Zachary Reyes
Essayist - Jacob Reyes
2nd Grade - St Benedict School
Blue Island, IL

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

The Region V Fatherhood Listserv

On March 24, 2004, Region V
launched the 
Region V ACF Fatherhood Listserv.

Listserv participants share a commitment to fatherhood and male involvement efforts for the sake of the children and their families. The initial participants were Early Head Start and Head Start grantees including grantees that received the FSI grant, the Region V Early Head Start Demonstration grantees and ACF program partners who expressed interest in fatherhood topics. The listserv expanded within its first year to include more than 300 interested partners from Child Welfare, Runaway and Homeless Youth Services and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs, state agencies, and many community-based organizations.

 Listserv members receive grant information, recent research, new training materials, and announcements of upcoming events. They also exchange information and answer questions to help each other in the development or enhancement of fatherhood/male involvement efforts. They have assisted each other in searches for trainers on topics such as parenting classes for ex-felons, speakers for conference agendas and pertinent website sources.

To join the Fatherhood Listserv, send an e-mail to join- contact

Mike Vicars

By becoming a participant, you will obtain new information quickly, receive invitations to take part in Collaboration Network Conference Calls (more information on these calls follows), be able to provide your input on areas of interest, and ask for assistance from peers.


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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.


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

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