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Fatherhood Buzz Rolls-Out Multi-City Tour in Support of Responsible Fatherhood As part of President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative

June 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative is launching Fatherhood Buzz, an eight-city pilot outreach project designed to disseminate information about responsible fatherhood and parenting in select barbershops on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Barbershops, which serve as unofficial outlets for peer education in many communities, were specifically chosen as the trusted hub to share information about fatherhood and the essential role that fathers play in society. Events will include national and local resources for fathers, including handouts on economic stability and parenting tips, networking, and positive conversations.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in three children (more than 24 million) in America live apart from their biological fathers. However, the National Center for Education Statistics reports that even when fathers do not share a home with their children, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact. Fatherhood Buzz works with barbershops–trusted community resources for men and boys–to provide positive, healthy resources directly to fathers to further establish and strengthen relationships with their children.

“We have a wealth of proven, relevant resources for fathers and those organizations and agencies that serve them,” says Kenneth Braswell, Director, and National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC). “This pilot program brings this information directly to people who can use it to reduce or eliminate potential barriers to accessing these tools.”

NRFC seeks to build the capacity of fathers to be financially and emotionally involved in the lives of their children and families by being loving, compassionate, and involved parents.

President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative is a multi-year effort to help fathers connect with their families coordinated by the Office of Public Engagement and the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships within the White House. Through this initiative, President Obama has joined with fathers around the country to send a strong message about personal responsibility while supporting dads who want to be there for their kids.

Please see below for a list of local barbershops and community organizations in Albany, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC participating in Fatherhood Buzz which is part of President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.

The Administration’s Fatherhood Buzz is a pilot program of The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC)–an established, national and international resource for fathers, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. A service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Family Assistance, NRFC develops, collects and disseminates information about policies, priorities, trends, research findings, and promising fatherhood practices. The NRFC disseminates that knowledge to practitioners and the fatherhood field to support well-being and economic self-sufficiency outcomes for fathers, children, families, and communities. For more information, call 1(877) 4DAD-411 or visit www.fatherhood.gov.

                                         Community Partners and Barbershops

    Albany, NY                                           Atlanta, GA

    Barbershops:                                         Barbershops:
    Bricks Barber Shop, 67 Central                        Custom Cuts Barber Shop, 216 Banks Xing,
     Ave.Heads Up Barber Shop, 518                        FayettevillemenXchange Barber Shop, 2700 Cobb
     Washington Ave.Tru' Images                           Pkwy.Vintage Hair Gallery, 57 Forsyth St., NW
     Barbershop, 262 Washington Ave.

    Community Partners:                                  Community Partners:
    Capital Region Mentoring Partnership                  Rehab Re-Ed Center, Inc. (Lead)100 Black Men 100
     (Lead)Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,                    Black Men Liaison/World Changes
     Inc. (Lead)National Black Child
     Development (Lead)Center for
     Elimination of Minority Health

    Chicago, IL                                          Los Angeles, CA

    Barbershops:                                         Barbershops:
    At Da Barber Shop, 343 East 47th                      Awesome Hair Salon, 5035 West Slauson Ave., #EChuck
     St.His and Hers Barber School, 5355                  Taylor Barber & Hair, 5494 1/2 West Centinela
     West Madison St.Hyde Park Hair                       Ave.New Millennium Beauty & Barber, 5320 Wilshire
     Salon, 5234 South Blackstone Ave.                    Blvd.The New Millennium, 4310 Crenshaw Blvd.

    Community Partners:                                  Community Partners:
    Antioch Missionary Baptist Church                     Children's Institute (Lead)Housing Authority of Los
     (Lead)The Blackstar Project                          Angeles (Lead)Los Angeles Urban League
     (Lead)Fathers Who Care                               (Lead)Challengers Boys & Girls Club 100 Black Men
     (Lead)Fatherhood Educational
     Institute 100 Black Men Real Men
     Cook Trinity United Church

    Milwaukee, WI                                        New York, NY

    Barbershops:                                         Barbershops:
    Gee's Clippers, 4323 West Fond du                     BBraxton, 1400 5th Avenue (@116 St.)Denny Moe's
     Lac Ave.Taso's Hair Studio, 1031                     Superstar Barbershop, 2496 Frederick Douglas
     West Historic Mitchell St.The                        Blvd.Mr. Rooney's Barbershop, 110-48 Merrick Blvd.,
     Original Hair King Barber Shop,                      QueensMr. Rooney's Barbershop, 131-20 Merrick
     4254 West Fond du Lac Ave.                           Blvd., Queens

    Community Partners:                                  Community Partners:
    Social Development Commission                         Forestdale (Lead)NYC Dads (Lead)Osborne Association
     (Lead)Center for Self Sufficiency                    (Lead)St. Nicks Alliance (Lead)Strive International
     Compel Milwaukee Brewers Baseball                    (Lead)Real Dads Network Region II ACF
     Club Milwaukee County Department of
     Child Support Enforcement Milwaukee
     Fatherhood Initiative

    Philadelphia, PA                                     Washington, DC

    Barbershops:                                         Barbershops:
    Mecca Unisex Salon, 1428 Cecil B.                     Carl's Barbershop, 1406 P St., NWCuttin' Up, 1206
     Moore Ave.N-Motion Barber Shop,                      9th St., NWDice's Barber Shop, 851 Upshur St.,
     2514 Dickinson St.Pretty Boyz                        NWMason's Barber Shop, 1010 H St., NE
     Original Barber Shop, 6813 Ogontz

    Community Partners:                                  Community Partners:
    Black Male Development Symposium
     (Lead)Fathers Day Rally Committee
     (Lead)                                              100 Fathers, Inc. (Lead)Concerned Black Men

SOURCE National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

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