Fatherhood Programs

Fatherhood programs

Urban Light Ministries currently provides resources and training for online and community-based programs that focus on developing tools to create a safe, loving, stable and nurturing family environment. POPS 101 and Father Love in-person discussion groups are facilitated by experienced, certified practitioners.
Participants learn how to achieve cooperation and teamwork in family life, proven conflict resolution, and problem-solving strategies, effective family communication techniques to strengthen father-child and father-mother relationships as well as positive discipline

Current online courses include POPS101, English and Spanish versions. The online version of the Father Love course is currently under development.

Fatherhood programs that have been offered in the past include POPS 101, On My Shoulders, Nurturing Fathers for Life (NFL), Father Love, and others.

A Legacy of Addressing the Father Absent Crisis

Urban Light Ministries is a regional pioneer in addressing a growing systemic problem in America: the need for a father in a child’s life. According to the U.S.  Census Bureau, 24 million children in America – one out of three – live without their biological father in the home.  Consequently, there is a “father factor” in nearly all of the societal ills facing America today. Research shows when a child is raised in a father-absent home he or she
is affected in the following ways:

  • 14 times greater risk of poverty
  • 7 times more likely to become pregnant as a teen
  • More likely to have behavioral problems
  • More likely to face abuse and neglect
  • 2 time greater risk of infant mortality
  • More likely to abuse drugs and alcohol
  • 2 times more likely to suffer obesity
  • 2 times more likely to drop out of high school
  • More likely to commit a crime and go to prison

Urban Light Ministries has been addressing this crisis since 2006. Research now proves that fatherhood programs, similar to those developed and implemented by Urban Light Ministries, improve outcomes and children:

  • Perform better in school, both academically and socially
  • Have higher self-esteem and lower rates of depression
  • Less likely to display aggressive or hyperactive behaviors
  • Less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors (e.g., drugs, truancy), and
  • Boys are more likely to become responsible fathers themselves

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Father Love Research
POPS 101 Online Course

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The Impact of Father Love on the Life of a Dad