A Positive Step of Monroe County has expanded its cost-free Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative program throughout the Keys
A Positive Step of Monroe County, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Monroe County’s highest risk kids and their families since 1999, has expanded its free program that provides parenting skill coaching and other support services for dads, with program sites now operating in both Key West and Key Largo.
Called the Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative, the program consists of twelve two-hour sessions to help dads develop new skills in parent, co-parent and child relationships. Developed for closed groups of six to ten dads, APSMC founder Billy Davis describes the program as “evidence based,” meaning that it has been tested and validated through educational and social service organizations.
“Good parenting is a learned skill. A Positive Step of Monroe County is committed to breaking the cycle of absentee dads, and this is partly accomplished through teaching better skills to men who might not have had a role model—or a good role model—on which to base their own parenting,” said Davis.
In addition to fatherhood skill building, Davis says the program has been designed to offer support in the form of anger management skills, general health education and substance abuse awareness, including introduction to 12-step programs if needed, along with GED referrals, OSHA training, job coaching, construction job referrals, and case management. “We are also providing pre and post program testing, so that dads can evaluate their progress from start to finish,” he said.
The Key West-based sessions, to be held from 6:00-7:30pm at 404 Virginia Street beginning on Tuesday, October 1, as well as sessions at the Monroe County Detention Center, 5501 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040, on Thursday’s from 7:30-9:00pm will be facilitated by Elvin Quinones, who will also facilitate for Spanish speaking groups based on interest and need.
Tim Crutcher, a recent addition to the APSMC team, will facilitate the Key Largo sessions, to be held from 6:00-7:30pm beginning on Monday, October 7 at the Church of the Nazarene, 100399 Overseas Highway. Wesley House Family Services of the Upper Keys is providing some referrals for that program. Sessions in Marathon will also be launched based on interest and need.
Advance registration for the Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative program is required; contact Billy Davis at 305-304-1969 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative is funded in part by the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. For more information about A Positive Step of Monroe County and its programs visit apsmc.org.
Photo Caption: Justin Nichols, pictured here with daughter Lydia, is a past participant in the Southernmost Fatherhood Initiative program, which provides cost-free parenting skill coaching and other support services for dads.