By STARRY Fatherhood Program
Amazing Dads is a breath of “Fresh A.I.R.” (Advocacy, Information, Resources) for fathers and male caregivers. Fathers and father figures share their personal journey as a dad. Experts provide timely and relevant information that shape and impact the lives of dads. The Amazing Dads podcast is a breath of Fresh A.I.R. that strengthens Fathers, Families and Communities. Amazing Dads is hosted by Marlon Jones Director of Fatherhood Services at STARRY.
Episode - 9 Breaking the Cycle
Studies and research, have revealed that the environment in which a child grows up plays a significant role in determining the child’s future. Adverse childhood experiences like abuse, trauma and neglect have been linked with negative health indicators in adults. What children experience while growing up has huge implications for who they become as adults. It is not uncommon for children who are impacted by adverse childhood experiences to have parents that also experienced abuse, trauma or neglect as a child. It is unfortunate but this can create a vicious cycle that can last generations. In today’s podcast, we talk with Juan Solis an Amazing Dad that is breaking the generational cycle of trauma and creating a new legacy for his family.
April 21, 2021
Episode 8 - Disrupting The Landscape of Social Services
Countless studies have shown that the role of a father is integral to the well-being of a child and ultimately the family. That’s why fathers are often challenged to step up and be actively engaged in their lives of their children. But what often goes unnoticed is the lack of support available for fathers. Historically social services designed to support families have leaned heavily towards women and children with very few programs and services specifically for fathers. One organization that is disrupting the historical narrative is the Black Female Fatherhood Scholars Network. A network of black female scholars who are committed to uplifting the black community through the study of Black fatherhood and Black families. In today’s podcast, we will talk with Dr. Brianna Lemmons (Founder & President) and Dr. Latrice Rollins (Vice President) of the Black Female Fatherhood Scholars Network, about the important role Black Women can play in supporting Black fathers and families.
April 20, 2021
Episode 7 - Fodada Supporting Great Dads
Fodada is a clothing line that celebrates, promotes and supports great dads. But Fodada is so much more than a clothing line, Fodada is social innovation at its best. Every purchase of a Fodada product helps to brand the idea of… great dads… while at the same time funding free programs for dads and families. Fodada was started in May of 2012 with the mission of using a tangible good to carry a powerful message and fuel a movement. Today, Fodada has been able to reach dads in 22 countries and put on free programs for thousands across the globe. In today's podcast, we will talk to Bobby Barzi founder of Fodada and an Amazing Dad.
April 18, 2021
Episode 6 - The Heart of a Father
Have you ever asked the question what does it mean to be a good father? One way that question has been answered is through a pledge developed by The National Fatherhood Institute. The pledge speaks to what it means to be a father. The pledge states: On my honor, I will give my children my time, my love, and my heart. I will be an example of a good man to my children and others around me. I will be an involved, responsible and committed father. In Today’s podcast, we are speaking with Bruce Bynum. Not only is Bruce the father of four adult daughters and grandfather of fifteen grandchildren. He has also taken up the mantle of advocating for fathers and families. Today we will talk with Bruce about the heart of a father.
April 14, 2021
Episode 5 - Co-parenting and COVID-19
Co-parenting is a post-relationship parenting arrangement in which both parents continue to participate in their children's upbringing and activities. Co-parenting in and of itself has unique challenges. The challenges of co-parenting have been exacerbated with the spread of the Coronavirus. In Today’s podcast we are speaking with Arthur Hampton. Arthur is a committed father that rises above every challenge, even a global pandemic to ensure he is present for his daughter. Arthur is an Amazing Dad and today we will talk to him about Co-parenting and COVID.
April 13, 2021
Episode 4 - Black Fathers of Waco
In an article entitled The truth about Black fatherhood Alecia Eberhardt-Smith address the stereotype of Black fathers as “absent” and Black children as “fatherless”. According to a 2013 National health statistics report report by the CDC, Black dads—whether they live with their children, or not—are more actively involved in their children’s lives than their counterparts of other races. The commitment of Black fathers can be seen in the recent formation of “Black Fathers of Waco”. “Black Fathers of Waco” is an organization started in Waco Texas that provides a space for Black Dads and their families to connect and find support and community in their parenting journey. In Today’s podcast we are speaking with Drexel King and Darius Brown the founders of “Black Fathers of Waco”.
April 4, 2021
Episode 3 - The Life of a Stay-at-home Dad
For years the role of a father was defined by being the bread-winner who worked hard all day and then spent the evening in front of the TV while mom prepared the kids into bed. In many respects those days are long gone. The modern-day father comes in various forms and does more than pilot the van on summer vacations and keep the hotdogs and hamburgers coming at the backyard cookout. In Today’s podcast we are speaking with David Anderson. David breaks the mold of the traditional father, for more than a decade he has been the primary caregiver for his family. David is an Amazing Dad and today we will talk to him about the life of a stay at home dad.
October 14, 2020
Episode 2 - Fathering in Black, White and Brown
Transracial adoption which means that adults of one race adopt a child of a different race is becoming more and more common, but it still has its challenges. In Today’s podcast we are speaking with Slim. Slim is the Pastor of Mosaic Church in Waco, Texas father of three children one biological child and two adopted children. Today we will talk to Slim about his journey as a father raising three children. For context it is important to note, that Slim is a White man and that his two adopted children are African American and Hispanic. Today we will talk to Slim about being a father raising children of a different race.
October 14, 2020
Episode 1 - My Heart Sings
According to The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs about 9.4 million children in the United States, are estimated to have special health care needs. In Today’s podcast we are speaking with Jon Bachura about his journey as a father raising a child with special needs.
October 2, 2020