Male Involvement

24/7 Dad® Program

At a time when 1 in 3 children live in father-absent homes, REACHUP, Inc., funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, is delighted to help dads in our community (zip codes 33602, 33603, 33605, 33607 and 33610) have healthy relationships with their children, whether they live in or outside the home, using the 24/7 Dad® Program. 

The 24/7 Dad® Program, created by The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), is a comprehensive fatherhood program with innovative tools, strategies, and exercises for fathers of all races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds!

Developed by fathering and parenting experts, the 24/7 Dad® Program focuses on the characteristics men need to be involved fathers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This community-based program helps men develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills they need to get — and stay — involved with their children24/7 Dad® focuses on key fathering characteristics, like communication, working with mom and co-parenting, discipline and work/family balance, and helps men evaluate their own parenting skills, as well as their fathering role models

REACHUP offers the 24/7 Dad® Program in English and Spanish in various formats:

· Group presentations (two, two-hour sessions per week for 6 weeks)

· Weekend retreats

· One-on-one

For more information, or to register for the Program, please contact:

24/7 Dad® Male Involvement Coordinators
Michael Thomas   
Ricardo Busquets (bi-lingual)   

24/7 Dad® Facilitator (Independent Contractor)
Evangeline Best at (813) 712-6300.  


National Fatherhood Initiative

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

National Center for Fathering

All Pro Dad

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Affirming Fatherhood Conference

  • Do you want to help change the stereotype of most dads as incompetent and/or uncaring?
  • Do you want to be part of a movement to assist men in developing the attitudes, knowledge, and skills they need men to be good, involved fathers?
  • Do you want to see your dad or another father-figure honored for his dedication to his children, family and community?

REACHUP, Inc.’s Affirming Fatherhood Conference (AFC) is where all of this can happen!  The AFC is designed to demonstrate the valuable role of fathers and fatherhood to our present and future generations. Regardless of the path some fathers have gotten to fatherhood, their roles as fathers are essential for healthy families, strong communities and a better world.

The AFC affirms and encourages men to continue in their willingness and commitment to make a difference in their child’s life. Additionally, the Conference acknowledges and supports the fathers who have displaced their roles as fathers, mentoring and strengthening them until they know their value and become good fathers.

Over the past six years, the uniqueness of the AFC and its focus on reversing the negative perspective of fatherhood have been applauded and celebrated by participants. The AFC brings local, regional and national speakers to make presentations and lead conference participants in engaging discussions, workshops and fun activities. Because sports are important to most men, the conference uses a sports theme as the backdrop with the attendees wearing their favorite sports attire.

The AFC message is targeted to fathers, staff providing services to fathers and their families, researchers, policymakers and advocates as well as anyone interested in learning more about and supporting the positive results of fathering.

For more information, contact Dr. Deborah Austin, (813) 712-6302.

Male Involvement/Fatherhood             
Mentoring support

Vision: To see men made whole through healthy mentor relationship with other men.
Mission: To bring men together representing three generations to share common challenges and opportunities for the development of strategies that lead to positive personal growth and change.
Model: Through mentoring we bring men together to see each other grow through relationship development.
We meet once a month, alternating between a skills training and a group activity. Call for a schedule of activities.


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