The Maclellan Foundation is partnering with Urban Strategies to develop the Latino Fatherhood Initiative in Chattanooga. The program will be modeled after other successfully evidence based family strengthening programs that have been implemented by Urban Strategies in similar communities. The program model is an innovative, evangelistic, partnership-based project for serving the needs of low-income and/or underserved Hispanic fathers. The program aims to help fathers increase their involvement and responsibility towards their families throughout significant life transitions. The project team will engage FBOs to develop programming within their communities targeted at fathers to support their children in creative ways, develop their marriage and, access other community resources to strengthen their families.

Our holistic model focuses on long-term development through collaborating with local partners, mobilizing the church, and investing in communities. We have focused on Latin American communities and immigrants for more than a decade. Consider joining us by investing in immigrant children and youth.


Why This Is Needed

“Children living in female-headed homes with no spouse present have a poverty rate of 47.6% - over four times the rate of children living in married couple families.”
“Students living in father-absent homes are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school.”
“ Higher quality father-daughter relationships is a protective factor against engagement in risky sexual behaviors.”


The Latino Fatherhood initiative will include training in the following curriculums:

Fatherhood Parenting Curricula

24/7 Dad and SiemprePapá (the Spanish language version of 24/7 Dad). They have been independently evaluated and found to have a positive impact on fathers, and effective in improving parenting skills, fathering knowledge, and attitudes towards fathering. These curricula are appropriate to the needs of married, single, and divorced dads.

Relationship/ Marriage Curricula

Love Notes focuses on young adults whose progress in school and in employment is derailed by unplanned pregnancy, single parenting, and troubled relationships. This curriculum is especially appropriate for single fathers.

Connecting Families was developed by the Penn State Cooperative Extension and adapted by Urban Strategies for work on previous Fatherhood Projects. Topics include Understanding the Couple Relationship, Challenges of Conflict, Working as a Team, and Planning for Success.

Job Preparedness Training

The curriculum teaches students to navigate the job market by providing them with a comprehensive set of necessary skills, from resume development and interviewing skills, to dressing for success and other soft skills development. Trainings are offered in small groups of 15 or fewer to create a supportive learning environment for students. The class lasts 8 hours over the course of 2-4 weeks.


Urban Strategies provides the following support:

  • ‍Train the local FBO staff and facilitators in each of the program curriculums.
  • Provide necessary materials at no charge to the local FBO for implementation.
  • Work with the FBO staff to develop outreach, program strategies and other aspects of implementation to support a successful program.
  • Provide evaluation and ongoing technical assistance

Participating FBOs will:

  • Designate a lead contact to oversee the Initiative in their community and attend quarterly meetings as a part of the Initiative
  • Designate  two – three facilitators to be trained in the curriculum.
  • Be willing and capable to recruit up to 30 fathers from their local church and surrounding community.
  • Be willing to work in collaboration with other local churches and organizations to develop local fathers in the community.

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Bienestar Central Florida

The Bienestar Program is a ministry in which we are blessed to have the opportunity to change thousands of lives in Central Florida where the Hispanic community is growing every single day. Behind the Bienestar Program there are passionate and trained professionals that want to bring this program to the families, churches and the community in Central Florida. Our goal is to have communities that live in wellness. Our approach is to create awareness of the importance of wellness focusing on mental, physical and spiritual wellness.

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Bienestar South Florida

We are excited for the opportunity to work with our South Florida Hispanic community! Bienestar’s goal is to improve the health of the community one family at a time by providing knowledge of about physical, mental and spiritual well being. It is our desire that every faith-based organization in South Florida will begin a Bienestar health initiative to work towards addressing the most important health needs of the families in their community.

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Bienestar Rio Grande Valley consists of a network of faith based organizations dedicated to improving the overall wellbeing of the Hispanic community, including body, mind and spirit.

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Are you a Faith based leader in San Antonio, Bexar county area and surrounding counties? Are you taking a stand and being proactive in your physical, mental and spiritual health? We want to partners with you!

Bienestar strives to bring awareness in regards to some critical components that deal with health for our leaders, churches and communities.

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