The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (YVPC), based at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, seeks to reduce violence and create a supportive and healthy environment for youth, ages 10-24. The Center works with youth, families and the community at large to implement programs that reduce risks for violence. The center is funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fathers and Sons is one of four youth intervention programs within the YVPC. It is a unique program for African American fathers or father figures and their 10-14 year old sons. Our goal in the YVPC Fathers and Sons Program is to emphasize family relationships, parenting behaviors, parent-child communication, cultural pride, and community service as critical components for strengthening father-son relationships to prevent youth risky behaviors, with an emphasis on violence prevention.
- engage in mutually beneficial activities to enhance their relationships
- obtain information about parent/child responsibilities and expectations
- practice relevant skills
- address barriers to achieving goals
- communicate about risky behaviors and violence
- share experiences with others facing similar challenges