Young Fathers' code:
- I am proud to be a father.
- I will take full responsibility in my role as a father and teach my children about life.
- I am ever evolving to be a better mental, physical, and emotional supporter of my children.
- I will do all that I can to instill confidence in my children so they can become productive citizens.
- I will tell my children I love them from my mouth and show my children I love them from my actions.
- I will raise my children to respect their mother even if I am no longer involved in a relationship with their mother.
- I will use all of my mental and physical energy to provide a good life for my children.
- I will expose my children to new and challenging tasks.
- I will never abandon my children.
- I will never sexually or physically abuse any child.
Who are We?
Young Fathers.com (NYF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is committed to
helping young fathers under the age of 25 to become responsible parents to
their children through community outreach and education. Our dedicated team is comprised of
education, business, technology, and media professionals that are passionate
about helping young fathers overcome their challenges. In fact, many
members of our team have shared the same experience of becoming a father at a
young age and overcoming the challenges of fatherhood.
In addition to providing our interactive
website and informational
DVDs /literature on an international level, we also
provide practical educational workshops that educate young fathers in subjects
of parenting skills, responsible behavior, relationships, child support,
visitation, family budgeting, job training, fatherhood after incarceration,
anger management, and much more. NYF conducts these workshops throughout the State of Michigan and
plans to eventually offer them in different states.
In order to reach and help as many young fathers as we
can, NYF works with schools, community centers, friend of the courts, child
support agencies, juvenile programs, and other community agencies/organizations. If you’re interested in sponsoring NYF to conduct workshops or speaking engagements for your organization then please
contact us at 313-288-0537, or by email at RahmanShareef@newyoungfathers.com
Rahman M. Shareef, MBA
NYF Chief Executive Officer
The Story of How NYF Began and Evolved
In early 2005 my uncle, Christopher Dandridge, brought an article to my attention concerning a young mechanic from the east coast who received his child support order and as a result shot the mothers' of his children. Unfortunately, he killed one mother, wounded another and eventually took his own life. At the time I was a part-time law student and Chris was a part-time computer science student. We both were young fathers and agreed that maybe if this young man was given information designed to help young fathers' this tragedy may have been avoided.
In 2008, I consulted a close friend Paul Elam, to ask what he thought about developing a program for young fathers. Paul, had also experienced life as a young father and offered statistical information that verified the need to set a standard for young fathers to aspire towards. Over the next year I shared program idea with Trinisha Smith, and David Bates who agreed to contribute to any program that was developed to help young fathers become responsible men. Realizing I needed help with the educational structure of the program I called on close friends, who are experienced educators: Kobie Brown, and Corie Muhammad to help develop a curriculum that would motivate and educate young fathers.
In early 2009, I founded NBI Bryans, LLC and with advice of my friends began to design an 8 week program to help young fathers become responsible men. In the fall of 2009 Corie Muhammad, suggested I make a short booklet that could help young fathers and the young fathers handbook was born. At the same time I decided to launch NewYoungFathers.com, recorded our first educational DVD with my daughter’s toy video recorder and Corie Muhammad supplied the music that has become the heart beat of our movement, by way of his production company, the Beat Peddlers.
Soon thereafter, I realized the need for marketing and workshop coordination help so I solicited the assistance of my uncle Steve Dandridge, my brother Martin Dandridge and long time friend Rashad Muhammad.
As this idea became a reality, the need for business and financial advice increased and I recruited the help of my sister Shelise Dandridge. In early 2010 we dissolved the LLC and became a Non-Profit corporation: NBI Bryans, Inc.
Ever evolving, we realized it would be best to have someone with years of production experience over see the production of our educational DVD's: I convinced my sister Ramona Dandridge to become our Director of Production.
Additionally, it became necessary for NewYoungFathers.com to have a constant presence in the community. We needed someone with years of experience developing and sustaining community programs: thus, we solicited the assistance of Charles Scarborough II as our Director of Community Outreach and Engagement. Recently, Kobie Brown Sr. informed me of a extraordinary educator, Leon Reed, interested in helping NewYoungFathers.com further our mission. After looking at his qualifications, talking with him, and seeing his dedication to helping young fathers become responsible men I asked him to join our team as our newest workshop coordinator. All of our team members are dedicated to using their expertise to help young fathers become responsible men and look forward to serving young fathers for many years to come.
Andre' Dandridge, JD