By exemplifying positive actions, leading by examples and by learning from each other, participating fathers/mentors will become better men, but more importantly, their children will have “quality” dads.
Emphasizing the need for “unity” in the home which translates not only to a unified family, but also a unified community and society.
Providing a safe environment for participants to relate in honesty and truthfulness by helping one another work out latent issues and enhance strong character, attitude and traits.
Stressing the importance of relationships based on “quality time.” Through relevant workshops and mentoring, men will understand how to navigate today’s emotional, social and economic challenges in positive, healthy ways, and understand that “fatherhood” is no longer necessarily based on a biological bond, but rather on: a) the level of importance they place on their responsibility as fathers; b) social realities; and c) their ability to effectively rise to the present challenges in their homes and communities.
By exemplifying effective leadership qualities within the family, fathers will also positively affect the lives of youth and men who will themselves become “Q-u-I-r-L” fathers of tomorrow.
I have been going to the FAC Celebrating Fatherhood event for over 9 years now. Every year I am surprised and delighted by the diversity of the fathers in our community. Fathers play such a critical role in our children's development. This has been a great event for me to meet and listen to the rich stories of the fathers in our community.
The “Father’s Across Cultures” program is an innovative initiative that Rev. Sky through Out Of Bounds has created. It fills a desperate gap in the community. This focused program seeks to find the root causes of violence and is to be commended and supported for young men and fathers. It reflects Rev. Sky Starr’s ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive, community-based programs/services for families, youth and children in Jane-Finch community.
The invaluable services that Out Of Bounds provides is desperately needed in our community, especially at this heightened time of trauma that affects the community. The various programs that Out Of Bounds has created includes training for high school students, frontline workers, youth and residents who are affected by gun violence trauma. Their Fathers Across Cultures program also provides specific customized services for men and young men to help minimize violence and improve the family system. Our offices have partnered with Out Of Bounds to provide Restorative Justice Group in the community and we value the community partnership we have with them. We are pleased to recommend this organization for any recognition and appreciate the opportunity to extend our support and validation of their services.
As an extended program of Out of Bounds (OOB) - Fathers Across Cultures (FAC) is a valued partner of Toronto Community Housing in West Toronto serving Jane/Finch communities. This high needs and vulnerable community is in need of grass roots agencies like OOB, with this programs such as Fathers Across Cultures, that provide relevant local supports rooted in the community. I strongly endorse the services provided by Out Of Bounds and Fathers Across Cultures, which help build and improve community capacity.
Learn More on Rev. Sky’s Champions of Change Profile Page Where you can read about why Rev. Sky Volunteers, watch an interview and video profile which was broadcast on CBC Connect, with Mark Kelley, November 8, 2010.