December 7, 2020 - Fort Wayne UNITED, in partnership with Healthier Moms & Babies, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne and City Life, will host another online forum for dads, future dads, and those who have taken on the role of dad, Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. on the Fort Wayne United Facebook page: WayneUNITED.

Guests will include Edmond O’Neal, President of Northeast Indiana Works, Lewis King, TenPoint Coalition Coordinator, Seth Bennett, from Hallmark Mortgage and Iric Headley, Director of Fort Wayne UNITED. The forum will be hosted by Greggory Smith-Causey, Healthier Moms & Babies Fatherhood Program Supervisor.

The following current event topics will be discussed, including tips on how fathers can address the topics with their children:

  • Social Distancing and the holidays
  • Covid-19 and schools
  • Online classes and adopting the new norm
  • How important information is being presented through social media and the news cycle
  • Politics and democracy

The “REAL Dad” forums, an acronym for Relational, Engaged, Attentive, Loving Dad, are an opportunity for men of different backgrounds to discuss vital and relatable topics that pertain to being a dad. Guest panelists, live and prerecorded, unpack things like family history, communication, masculinity, emotions and men's health in an attempt to gain multiple perspectives and shed light on the fact that there is more than one way to be a “real” dad. The honest discussions include the negative and positive sides of being a father, and offer some new techniques to build stronger relationships.

Fort Wayne UNITED is a Mayoral initiative that places two national efforts, Cities United and My Brother's Keeper, under one umbrella. It is designed to answer the call to enhance opportunities, advance youth advocacy and help create a safer city for all, but more specifically for black men and boys. By bringing together a group of passionate and committed leaders, the initiative will educate, inform and engage the community in an effort to make positive change one neighborhood at a time.

Fort Wayne UNITED’s vision is for every black male in Fort Wayne to be respected and valued with an opportunity to reach their full potential. The mission is to advocate for and implement policies, practices and procedures to ensure equity and opportunity for black fathers, brothers and sons at home, work, school, and the community through collaborative efforts.

Healthier Moms and Babies (HMB) goal is to reduce infant mortality and improve the outcome of pregnancy in Allen and Noble County by offering health education and case management ser-vices to low-income, high-risk pregnant women and their families. As a result of Healthy Start funding, HMB has implemented multiple Fatherhood Programs designed to assist and support fathers/partners in building positive relationships with their child/children and educating them to acknowledge, understand, and take control of the role they play in their family and in their com-munity.