You can judge the FATHER Project by the statistics, by the awards and honors it receives or by the people it helps. Either way, it’s clearly a success.
In the clip below, Guy Bowling, the Workforce Development Manager for the Goodwill-Easter Seals FATHER Project, explains some of the reasons for its success.
Guy gives credit to the dedicated and talented staff who are involved with the FATHER Project, but he has definitely earned his share of the credit as well. Guy has been a part of the FATHER Project since its inception in 1999. In 2012, he received the Ronald F. Johnson Award and was one of the 2012 Spirit of Fatherhood Hall of Fame inductees at the 14th Annual International Fatherhood Conference.
The FATHER Project’s mission is to assist fathers in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. Founded in 1999, the FATHER Project was originally administered by the City of Minneapolis and became a program of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota in 2004. Guy, having worked with young fathers previously, was part of the FATHER Project right from the start.
A study done by Wilder Research in 2010 found that “the benefits generated by the project outweigh the costs of its operation in the long term”, stating that it returns $3.41 for every dollar invested in it.
The FATHER Project has received national recognition as an effective and innovative program. In January 2010, the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network presented the FATHER Project with their Program of the Year award – one of many awards and honors the program has received in the last few years.
Look for more clips in the future from our interview with Guy.
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