Young Fathers Initiative Supports Young Men’s Roles as Fathers


For young fathers who are unemployed, undereducated or have been incarcerated, getting their lives back on track can be extremely challenging. The Young Fathers Initiative is designed to give these dads the tools they need to become financially self-sufficient and raise healthy children. The program helps them:

  • Become better dads by learning new fathering skills
  • Gain financial literacy
  • Prepare for and find jobs
  • Get access to legal assistance, health care and counseling
  • Connect with a support network for young dads

Establishing a solid financial base is important to strengthening a father’s bonds with his children. According to the 2008 ChildTrend report by the Department of Health and Human Services, fathers who are employed may be more involved with their children because having a regular, reliable income helps them fulfill the role of provider.

InvestinDadsLast year, 98% of fathers in the Young Fathers Initiative improved their financial position by either increasing their net income/financial worth or showing an improved credit score. And, 70% increased their resources—monetary and other—to provide for their children.

With the parenting education, job training and placement, and financial education services offered through the Young Fathers Initiative, young dads gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to make a difference in the lives of their children. For more information about the Young Fathers Initiative, contact Nathan Wright, Case Manager, at

Click here to hear Bryant’s story on becoming a father and working with the Young Fathers program.

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DuPage Teens Participate in Camp Old Navy


Youth from an array of programs at Metropolitan Family Services DuPage are learning about a variety of careers available to them as they prepare to enter the working world. On July 15th and 23rd, two groups of teens participated in Camp Old Navy – a job-shadowing experience at the Old Navy store located in Downers Grove.   

Camp Old Navy gives youth the chance to go behind the scenes and see what it takes to operate a business. They spend hours rotating through different jobs and tasks, gaining hands-on experience setting up visual displays, price-tagging garments, processing shipments, and greeting customers. Old Navy employees expand on this experience by spending time with participants, talking about their jobs and answering questions.

Marsha Ndoko of the MetroMentors Program has coordinated the partnership between Metropolitan and Old Navy for the past four years.  The program provides invaluable, hands-on experience in the retail environment. Youth come away with a better understanding of important job skills such as customer service and punctuality.

Camp Old Navy is part of a multi-year/multi-million dollar commitment sponsored by Gap Inc. Metropolitan is privileged to be part of this wonderful program that serves DuPage County youth.