2020 Summit, Celebrating Fathers and Fatherhood
A growing body of evidence shows that children without fathers actively involved in their lives are significantly more likely to suffer from depression and other mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, school failure, poverty, delinquency, crime and other negative life factors. Conversely, when fathers are actively engaged, children are far more likely to achieve success in school, careers, relationships and other aspects of life.
Greetings Community Partners:
As co-founders of the First 5 Alameda County Fathers Corps (ACFC), we are excited to host along with our collaborative partners like you, the 2nd Annual Fatherhood Summit this Fall at the Oakland Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Riding the wave of success from the inaugural Fatherhood Summit held March 2019 at Merritt College, plans for the 2nd annual convening will be to build on the explosive momentum and engagement.
“2020 Summit, Celebrating Fathers and Fatherhood” will feature even more robust 20+ father-focused workshops and masterclasses, general session presentations with nationally renowned guest speakers and festivities throughout the day honoring and acknowledging the power of fatherhood. It is with great enthusiasm that we invite you and your organization to join us as one of our premier partners.
Early confirmed partners include First 5 Alameda County, First 5 California, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, Alameda County Social Services Agency, Alameda County Department of Child Support Services and Alameda County Probation Department.
Last year, we engaged over 700 attendees in workshops with service providers, exhibitors and direct service offerings. Fathers ended the day feeling fulfilled, empowered, celebrated and connected. Out of 700 participants who attended, 349 provided the following responses:
- 95% found the Summit, overall, to be a valuable experience;
- 94% felt the Summit was respectful of their personal background (ie. language, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion);
- 77% learned some helpful parenting information;
- 60% registered for, or received information about community resources for fathers;
- 60% of the respondents reported that the workshops were their favorite part of the Summit.
As you may know, a growing body of evidence has shown that when fathers are actively engaged, children are far more likely to achieve success in school, careers, relationships, and other aspects of life. Conversely, children without fathers actively involved in their lives are significantly more likely to suffer from depression and other mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, school failure, poverty, delinquency, crime, and other negative life factors.
Empowering fathers and father-figures by celebrating the role they play in the lives of their children, debunking myths and stereotypes around fatherhood, providing critical information and support through a variety of targeted workshops, and linking them to the services you provide are just a few of the goals for the 2020 Summit.
Established in 2013, the ACFC is a collaborative effort of First 5 Alameda County and Alameda County’s Health Care Services Agency and Social Services Agency. The ACFC promotes and supports fathers and father figures to be meaningfully engaged with their children and families.
In 2014 the ACFC identified 7 Father Friendly Principles to support programs and agencies with becoming more intentional and effective with their engagement and support of fathers and father figures. The ACFC works to ensure that all social and family support systems and programs are father friendly through its systems change and capacity building efforts.
With your partnership, we can expand our reach to continue the movement to celebrate fathers and father figures as nurturers, caregivers, community role models, and leaders. In support of strengthening our community, one family and one father at a time, enclosed is our sponsorship opportunities package highlighting the benefits and detailing the levels of engagement.
This year’s goal is to engage 2,000 fathers and father figures in a safe, supportive, judgment-free, and empowering space. Your support is critical to continue the father-focused movement to support one of our community’s most valuable assets—our fathers.
Attached please find more sponsorship and engagement information for your further consideration. In an effort to explore further, we recommend contacting us directly to schedule a meeting or contact our event consultant LaNiece Jones of LA Jones & Associates at email@example.com or 510.568.5563.
Kevin Bremond Gary Thompson
First 5 Alameda County Alameda County Public Health Department
Fathers Corps Administrator Alameda County Father Corps, Co-Founder
Alameda County Fathers Corps, Co-Founder firstname.lastname@example.org