Miami-Dade County

Workshops for dads part of statewide father recognition week

To recognize the important role that a father plays in his child’s life, the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida has planned a series of workshops for dads to learn how to “man up” and “be advocates for their children.”

The weeklong series, which began Saturday, coincides with the state’s Fathers in Action & Advocacy week, approved this year by the State House and Senate.

“Social and emotional development is more complete when children have love, time and attention from a mother and a father figure,” said Holly Zwerling, the president of the task force, which began five years ago.

The workshops include:

▪ Empowering Families and Equipping Fathers for Success: Leadership training session to propel families in a positive direction. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Florida Memorial Library, 158 NW 42nd Ave. in Miami Gardens. To attend call Charles Williams at 305-879-2369.

▪ Raising Boys, Teaching Boys: This session will focus on how to engage boys to feel good about themselves. The session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Miami Heights Elementary School, 17661 SW 117 Ave. For information, call Maria Garganta, 305-995-2680.

▪ Dads’ Rights from the Start: Assuring Gender Equality in the Best Interest of Children including Paternity and Time Sharing Aspects of the Law: This workshop will focus on how every man should be given the opportunity to succeed as a father. The session will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at The United Way, 3250 SW Third Ave. For information, call Zwerling at 305-812-4000.

▪ The Impact of Self-Concept: This session will explore how fathers and family members can invest in themselves. The workshop will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hosanna Community Baptist Church, 2171 NW 56th St. in Liberty City. For information, call 305-637-4404.

For the full schedule of workshops through the week, go to