Happy Father's Day
YMCA OF GREATER WAUKESHA COUNTY
RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANT ROLE FATHER'S PLAY IN THEIR CHILDREN'S LIVES
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.
On Sunday, June 21, the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million—or one in three—children live without their biological fathers. Societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s ability to seek support in strengthening his parenting skills and becoming more engaged in the lives of his children. The Y, a leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, is dedicated to providing both resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.
Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use.
The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County celebrates dads on Father’s Day and recognizes how important it is for children to grow up with adult role models who are committed, responsible and involved. Dads need support to be the best parents and caregivers they can be, and this holiday helps to remind us of that.
Y ADVENTURE GUIDES
Y Adventure Guides brings fathers and their children closer together! Y Guides is a volunteer program run by dads, who are dedicated to creating lasting bonds between Fathers and Daughters and Fathers and Sons. Annual events emphasize the important role that parents play in the growth and development of their children, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
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