The CUNY Fatherhood Academy (CFA) is a free program designed to promote responsible parenting and economic stability for unemployed and underemployed fathers ages 18-28, through education, employment, and personal development. The program provides a range of academic and personal supports including TASC (High School Equivalency test) preparation classes, tutoring, individualized counseling, parenting seminars, MTA Metrocards, and job preparation.

The CFA offers two program tracks: HSE Prep and College Prep. Additionally, college and career readiness workshops are offered to prepare participants for college enrollment and identify a career path. Attaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, enrolling into college, increased familial engagement, and acquiring gainful employment are all essential goals for the participants enrolled in the CFA.

High School Equivalency Prep

  • Academic preparation and support for the High School Equivalency (HSE) TASC exam.
  • Three week Bootcamp followed by thirteen weeks of workshops and activities.
  • Classes meet three days a week.

Weekly Parenting Seminars and Workshops

  • Workshops on important parenthood topics including familial bonding, health, and financial literacy.
  • A weekly peer support group with a goal of engaging in peer learning opportunities and developing a “brotherhood” dynamic.

Job Preparation

  • Including resume writing, interview prep, career exploration and internships, and job placement assistance.

Counseling

  • One-on-one counseling is also offered to support participants and address any potential barriers to program and academic success.

Tutoring

  • Tutoring services to help prepare fathers for the TASC (or make consistent with above) test and the CUNY assessment test.

Financial Incentives

  • Assistance with transportation costs

Eligibility

  • NYC Resident
  • 18-28 years old
  • Father or expectant father
  • Required 7th grade reading level on the TABE test
  • Must be committed to completing the program and abiding by program expectations and rules

College Prep

  • College and career readiness preparation and support.
  • Twelve weeks of college prep seminars and specialized workshops.
  • Classes meet two days a week.
  • Internship placements.

Weekly Parenting Seminars and Workshops

  • Workshops on important parenthood topics including familial bonding, health, and financial literacy.
  • A weekly peer support group with a goal of engaging in peer learning opportunities and developing a “brotherhood” dynamic.

Job Preparation

  • Including resume writing, interview prep, career exploration and internships, and job placement assistance.

Counseling

  • One-on-one counseling is also offered to support participants and address any potential barriers to program and academic success.

Tutoring

  • Tutoring services to help prepare fathers for the TASC (or make consistent with above) test and the CUNY assessment test.

Financial Incentives

  • Assistance with transportation costs

Eligibility

  • NYC Resident
  • 18-30 years old
  • Father or expectant father
  • Cannot currently be enrolled in college
  • Limited to having a maximum of 12 college credits
  • HS diploma, HSE diploma, or GED
  • Must be committed to completing the program and abiding by program expectations and rules

History

Launched in 2012 at LaGuardia Community College, CFA is now also offered at Hostos Community College and Kingsborough Community College. CFA is funded by New York City Young Men’s Initiative, with oversight from the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO).

CFA’s central focus is to help young fathers prepare for and enroll into college with the understanding that earning a college degree is the most effective path toward providing long-term economic sustainability for themselves and their families. The program is targeted to serve Black and Latino fathers, 18–28 years old, from throughout New York City. Increasing familial engagement, attaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, and acquiring gainful employment are all essential goals for the participants enrolled in the CFA.

Participants seek to improve their employment and educational prospects, become better and more engaged parents, and provide increased emotional and financial support to their families. Those without a high school degree pursue a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma in the program, while those with a degree prepare to enter college. All participants gain work experience through part-time employment or internships, and learn about effective parenting, financial literacy, and how to cultivate healthy relationships.

Kingsborough Community College
Program Director
Kirk Francis
718-368-6784

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Hostos Community College
Program Director
Danielle Allen
718-518-6831
dallen@hostos.cuny.edu

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LaGuardia Community College
Program Manager
Raheem Brooks
718-730-7337
rbrooks@lagcc.cuny.edu

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CUNY Fatherhood Academy
University Coordinator
Cloe Andrade
clorinda.andrade@cuny.edu