About YPF

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ORGANIZATION HISTORY

Young and Potential Fathers Initiative (YPF) is a registered Not-for-Profit in Ontario. We are currently in the process of applying for charitable status.

Young and Potential Fathers Initiative (YPF) began as Young and Potential Fathers Project, funded by the Youth Challenge Fund, a fund administered by the United Way (UWTYR). YPF evolved from concept to service over the past seven years. In June of 2016, after registering as a not-for-profit the previous winter, the organization embarked on its current journey aimed at being an independent, self-reliant, sustainable, organization committed positively impacting the lives of African Canadian children by building a community of strong fathers. 

Ujima House, the home of the Young and Potential Fathers Initiative, is Canada’s only father focused parenting centre. The facility, equipped with parent and child play area, culturally relevant and appropriate toys, games, arts and crafts, computer resource stations, kitchen and lounge areas, is a place where fathers can bond with their children and learn about parenting and child development. This hub is at the centre of the Ujima Village Engagement Framework, an African centred approach to reclaiming African manhood and fatherhood, self-advocacy and creating a village of support.

Through an offering of weekly culturally sensitive parenting programs, one on one supports and mentorships, YPF seeks to create a lasting generational impact by supporting young men and fathers holistically. A contract is in place to provide therapeutic access services to fathers whose families are clients of Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. YPF was also awarded a Youth Opportunities Fund grant from Trillium to lead Stepping Up Developing Engaging Fathers, designed to promote collaboration among youth serving agencies and educate young African men about engagement in the lives of their children. The Board of Directors is committed to its plan and strategic outcomes. We will evolve the Young and Potential Fathers Initiative into a sustainable, child centered, culturally sensitive fathering service for racialized young men and build a network of corporate, community and sector support. Staff works daily to refine and create efficiencies in operational procedures while serving the needs of fathers through our unique programs.

Organization Vision:

Young and Potential Fathers Initiative (YPF) will foster a community of involved Young and Potential Fathers and inform public policy through mentorship and the creation of a culturally centered, fully resourced, fathering space called Ujima House.

 

Organization Mission:

To positively affect the lives of African Diasporic children by fostering a community of knowledgeable, sensitive, committed and involved fathers.

 

Organization Values:

Encourage the central role of culture, history and spirituality, especially African centred values and principles such as the Nguzo Saba and the MAAT, in the future of all children of African Descent.

  • Respect for every person

  • Justice, Fairness and Honesty

  • Open, clear and constructive communication`

 

There are no restrictions on services at Ujima House; YPF’s fathering centre and home. All of our Programs are open to all, free and transportation is provided for clients in need. The focus of our programs is young African fathers but young women and mothers are welcome and often access Ujima House as well.

Organization Mandate:

  • To work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to promote caring, loving positive parental relationships based on a child-centred philosophy while strengthening the role of African fathers in the partnership.

  • To value and promote full parental and extended family participation in the culturally appropriate upbringing of children 

  • To promote a philosophy of community success based on the universal principles of unity, interdependence, intergenerational cooperation, mutual economic development, and support.

 

Strategic Direction

Continue to innovate and create a working model of a culturally sensitive family centre based on research and informed practices. YPF will advocate and influence public policy and practice and implement relevant culturally-based, community grounded programs with clear designs and outcomes.Continue to innovate and create a working model of a culturally sensitive family centre based on research and informed practices. YPF will advocate and influence public policy and practice and implement relevant culturally-based, community grounded programs with clear designs and outcomes.