Give Miami Day


Thank you for donating to the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida during The Miami Foundation's Give Miami Day.  The funds will be used to continue our training for the Fatherhood Reading Squad and to purchase books for the program.  The fathers and father figures who participated in the Fatherhood Reading Squad program are being recognized on Wed, Dec. 10 during the MDCPS School Board meeting for their contribution to children's literacy and role modeling male's interest in learning and reading.  We honor your contributions every day.

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Miami Book Fair International 2014

The FTFSF welcomes the Miami Book Fair International 2014 and the Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College as supporters. 

Thank you to Miami Book Fair International for providing tickets for our fathers and families to attend this amazing event.  It was great to see fathers enjoying the day with their families and to hear about the times they read with their children. Don't forget to take pictures of the times you read together and the favorite books you shared so years from now your children can reflect on those special times.

The FTFSF welcomes the Miami Book Fair International 2014 and the Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College as supporters. 


They have provided us with 75 free tickets for  Sunday, November 23 and we wanted to share them with fathers and father-figures. To pick up a complimentary ticket,  please meet Holly Zwerling on Sunday, November 23 between 11:00am and 12:00pm

 at the Miami Book Fair International 2014 entrance at 300 NE Second Avenue in Downtown Miami. Look for the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida sign. For more information call305.812.4000.

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Building Heathy Relationships: Partners for Change

On October 24, 2014, The Fatherhood Task Force took a leadership role by organizing an Executive Summit at the United Way in Miami on Building Healthy Relationships: Partners for Change. The theme was to examine how teams, individuals and families can develop thoughtful and respectful relationships in response to recent headline news stories about abusive relationships between male and female sports figures and their family members  The entire community benefits when all members know how to value their families and show respect in their workplace and schools.

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A national panel of experts and many attendees contributed to the lively, in-depth discussion. FTFSF will be connecting partners to form coalitions for future research, programming and outreach.

The Expert Panel members included;

Miami, FL:

Holly Zwerling, LMFT, LCSW, President of Fatherhood Task Force, Marriage and Family Therapist
Jonathan Eastman, M.S., CEO/Trainer Brainheart Guidance
Marilyn Blumberg, Esq., Family Law, Divorce and Paternity
Brian Person, Service Coordinator Big Brothers, Big Sisters, WMBM Radio Host ‘Brother to Brother’
Reverend Horace D. Ward, Rector Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, Miami Gardens

Montclair, NJ: 
Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, EdD, CCH, RS Hom,NA
New York, NY: Dr. Bennett Roth, PhD, Mt. Sinai Hospital
Washington, DC: Eric Vinson, Esq., SafeTComm

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Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida is proud to announce our new partnership with the Miami Marlins. Fathers and their children recently joined us for an outing at the Marlins Park for a baseball game.

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2014 Involved Fathers Award

The Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida and the University of Miami, School of Education & Human Development recognized 31 fathers during the "2014 Involved Father" Award Celebration at UM Alumni Center on May 17, 2014 supported by The Children's Trust. Their schools, family and friends nominated them as role models for their commitment to the lives of children in support of their education and well-being.

In support of Fathers in Education Day, May 14th and Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week, May 12-16th, Ira Leesfield, far left at podium, and David Lawrence, Jr. received special awards.

We salute and value you!

Award Recipients: Angel Almaguer, Jose F. Argenal, Victor Bain, Arsenio Cabanzon, Esteban Campos, Luis Cruz, Gibson Dorce, Armando Fernandez, Humberto Garcia, Joseph Gebara, Aaron Gil, Brother Lyle Grandison, Douglas Greist, Pastor Dr. Dasha Johnson, Vinicio Larios, Keith Lewis, Ronald Mumford, Pascal Nikiema, Jorge Pineda, Kernst Raymond, Lewis Roberts, Jr., Jesus Sales, Daniel Sanchez, Don B. Smith, Lewis K. Smith, Tyrell R. Stewart, Sr., Cesar Suzarra, Randy E. Thomas, Andrew Varona, Johnny Wilson, Irving Zamora

On Father's Day, Every Day Ten Tips to Engage with your Children and Families.

1. Do something you enjoy which includes your children and community resources
2. Talk to your child so they hear your voice and feel connected to you
3. Show or express affection and empathy whether nearby or afar
4. Give your child opportunities to learn from you, your history, your culture
5. Express the importance of family - "It's good to be together."
6, Cuddle and read a favorite story where you make each other smile
7. Include others in your 'framily' circle and share stories together
8. Show your pride in being Mr. Dad every day - be involved in all ways
9. Demonstrate an interest in community to make it better
10. Set aside time to volunteer in your child's school to make a difference for all children

Call and connect with us as we increase father involvement in children's lives.

Fathers in Education Day: May 14, 2014
Stay tuned for upcoming news on Fathers in Education Day, May 14, 2015


Fatherhood Task Force and Senator Dwight Bullard partnered on establishing Florida State Senate Resolution No. 1432 Fathers in Education Day, May 14, 2014 and Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week, May 12-16 to encourage all Florida schools to invite fathers to read or tell stories to children

View the Florida Senate Resolution


The Fatherhood Task Force is reaching out to community businesses and organizations to actively engage and support the May 14, 2015 Fathers in Education Day and other FTFSF Projects by becoming a contributor. To get involved or for more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 305-812-4000.
Your tax deductible contribution can be made out to:

Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida
7800 Red Road Suite 211
Miami, FL 33143

Your donation will help The Fatherhood Task Force create a bright future for children, fathers and families in the state of Florida.

Town Hall Meeting
Building Successful Families: Involving Fathers

Sat., May 17, 2014
Eight Father Focus Groups spearheaded Strategic Planning on Services, Programs and Policy Changes needed to empower fathers in their quest to be involved and engaged fathers.

UPDATE (9/21/14): Early 2015, Final Research Paper for Father's and Children's Initiative to be released

Fatherhood Reading Squad

Leaders for Readers in Neighborhood Schools

The Fatherhood Task Force values fathers as educators.
A father's role as an educator takes learning to another height. Be a role model for children to learn, read, explore, think and imagine. They will soar. Fathers are an important resource for the success of children. Their presence, support and interaction leads to significant positive changes in their academic and social future.

Inquire about the Fatherhood Reading Squad: Leaders for Readers program and volunteer your time to read or tell stories in your child's school.

The fathers who participated in the Fatherhood Reading Squad in our local schools will be recognized at the Miami Dade County November 2015 School Board meeting by School Board member Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway, District 1.

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