Men and Boys Initiatives

MEN & BOYS INITIATIVES

Our Men and Boys Initiatives provide opportunities for adult males to establish themselves as committed men and fathers, and boys to grow to be productive citizens.

Aliquippa Council of Men and Fathers

“Aspiring for optimal quality of life in our homes and in our community through increased visibility, accountability and commitment of men and fathers.”

Comprised of concerned men and fathers who reside or work in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, the Aliquippa Council of Men and Fathers seeks to improve quality of life in their homes and neighborhoods. ACMF Supports include:

  • Response Team which supports residents of Aliquippa who are victims of violent crimes and their families, as well as the families of alleged perpetrators

  • Watch D.O.G. (Dads On Guard). Men and fathers conduct walks through neighborhoods to increase male visibility and establish positive male presence; ensure safe passage after curfew hours for youth traveling to or returning from lawful school, employment, religious, or community events, and encourage the formation of neighborhood block watches and reporting of suspected criminal activities.

Fatherhood Initiative of Beaver County

Our Fatherhood program equips men to become self-sufficient, motivated and confident fathers who are present and actively engaged in their children’s lives. Opportunities are available to learn appropriate parenting skills through evidence-based curricula for fatherhood training and for assistance in finding solutions to problems that affect ability to satisfy parental, legal or financial obligations such as lack of transportation or a driver’s license, ex-offender status, mental health issues, child support arrearages, and lack of education attainment. This program also offers opportunities for fathers to engage in social activities with their children. Activities include professional and college sporting events, excursions to the Carnegie Science Center, the Pittsburgh Zoo, PPG Aquarium; fatherdaughter dances, nature walks, museums, ice skating, and much more.

M.A.L.E.S.

M.A.L.E.S. (Maturing, Achieving, Learning, Empowering, Self!) Mentoring and Rites of Passage Program pairs African American boys with community elders to encourage and illustrate growth qualities needed for productive manhood, and to establish and practice healthy beliefs and standards. For boys ages 10 – 17.

For more information about our Men and Boys Initiatives, please contact the Coordinator by email sowens@franklincenter.org or the Assistant Coordinator ldowdell@franklincenter.org, or call the Franklin Center at 724.378.2882.

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