Hero Dads program helps empower Bronx fathers

More than 300 dads go through the program each year, where they learn important parenting skills and are provided with employment opportunities to be able to provide for their children.

Heather Fordham

Jun 19, 2024, 2:25 AM

Updated 26 days ago

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Bronx dads and their kids got in on some fun, bonding activities at Saint James Park.
It was the annual Father's Day Celebration for fathers in the "Hero Dads" program. The free fatherhood program at Montefiore-Einstein empowers low-income and non-custodial fathers to have family and financial success. The program is led by psychologist, mental health counselors and career development specialist.
More than 300 dads go through the program each year, where they learn important parenting skills and are provided with employment opportunities to be able to provide for their children.
Santo Rodriguez is a father of three who joined the program six months ago after he saw it advertised on a flyer.
"The techniques they show us, the emotional toolbox they show us, help us connect us with our kids in a better way, everything is not just punishment and give me the phone and time out. there is more too it, because kids have feelings too," said Rodriguez.
Fathers are also taught skills on how to co-parent and provide resources on navigating the struggles of co-parenting.
"It's about making a bond together and being a father figure for our kids. cause there are too many fatherless kids running around," said Clifton Smith, a father of two.
Dads must be 18 years or older or, with a child under 24 years old in order to participate in the program. They also must be a non-custodial parent or have joint custody. For more information on how to apply click here.


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