Friday, November 30, 2012

Program Proper

The program will span four weeks during the summer. Each meeting will last from one to two hours and will take place on a Saturday morning. About five to twenty young adolescent fathers from a certain community can attend this workshop. The family can attend with the father if there is no one else to be with them.

The first meeting will be an introduction. The second and third meetings will have guest speakers to talk about relevant topics to adolescent fathers. The last meeting of the workshop will be a culminating activity where the teenage fathers describe their progress and celebrate. There would be follow-up meetings as necessary to ensure that the young fathers are doing the things they have learned from the workshop.


The first meeting will be an introduction to the program.


1) Adolescent fathers introduce themselves and tell why they are in the program. There could be an ice breaker activity. (15 minutes)

2) The facilitator introduces the program and how this can help adolescent fathers. (5 minutes)

3) There will be a short documentary of young adolescent fathers who have succeeded in life and improved the lives of their families. (15 minutes)

4) Adolescent fathers will be asked to write and draw their plans for themselves and their families. What did they want in life before they had children? What is their greatest dream? (20 minutes)

5) The facilitator will give out yearly planners to the fathers and explain the assignments for next week. These tasks are diagnostic, which aims to find out the current situation of these adolescent fathers. (5 minutes)

Each young father would team up with a partner or a buddy. This system can enable more cooperation and ensure that they would do the tasks. Each father would remind or help his partner.

1) List five occupations or goals you want in life.
2) How can you prepare or study for these goals?
3) Talk to one or two people who have met these goals. This can be your father, uncle, relative, teacher, boss, or other respected person.
4) How did they prepare or study for their goals.

1) What is your weekly or monthly paycheck?
2) How much do you and your family spend on these:
A) Food
B) Clothing
C) Housing
D) Transportation
E) Communication
F) Couple
G) Children

1) What problems do you have with other people?
2) What did you do with those problems this week?
3) Relate what they did in the fourth activity to this topic.

1) What do you think are your responsibilities as a father?


The second meeting will feature the guest speaker, Bong Austero, a human resources professor in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the head of a major universal bank and many private foundations, and a columnist in the Manila Standard Today. He will discuss about how to continue one’s education, how to manage money, how to set goals, how to speak to one’s family and what are the legal responsibilities of a father.

1) ACADEMICS (20 minutes)
a) Survey the young fathers on who is going to school, who is working while going to school and who has dropped out of school. Ask them about their goals for their career and lives.
b) Stress the importance of at least finishing high school and completing a degree.
c) Tell stories of people who have struggled and succeeded in their academics.
d) Discuss flexible educational opportunities, such as part-time schooling, work-study programs, online degrees and other means.
e) Provide literature and websites about education that could help young adolescent fathers.

2) ECONOMICS (20 minutes)
a) Ask them about their task on their income and expenses. Who makes ends meet? Who has little debt? Massive debts? Who has saved some money?
b) Contrast the situation of people who have many debts with those people who have some money saved. Tell stories of these people and make inspire the young fathers with a tale of a successful and thrifty father.
c) After assessing the situation, ask them where they do they usually spend their money and how can they address this situation. For some, maybe they can reduce or eliminate their vices. For other people, they can be creative in saving and reducing household costs. For some, the only way to save is to increase their income and save the additional wages.
d) Discuss ways on how to save money in food, household, transportation, phone, family and other areas in life.
e) Explain the concept of interest and how it can be used to save more money or to lead one to more debts. Use a graph to display compound interest for savings and debts to show that they should save more and buy less on credit.

a) Explain that every kind of growth and development starts with a vision. Use stories of successful visionaries, leaders and fathers.
b) Make them write a personal vision and mission statement. They can revise this statement during the span of the entire workshop.
c) Ask them on how they relate to their families. Do they stay with their partners or children? Do they fight? How do they resolve conflict?
d) Discuss listening skills, anger management tactics and negotiation practices. Do they stop and listen when their partners say something? When they feel angry, do they count up to ten? If they do not get what they want, do they force their partner to accept? Do they give in? Do they go against them in other ways?

a) Discuss the legal responsibilities of a father.
b) Ask them what legal responsibilities do they accomplish and what can they still do.

OPEN FORUM (20 minutes)
- Allow young fathers to ask more questions during this time.

The following tasks will be discussed after the guest has spoken. These tasks will build on previous lessons. Each young father will help or remind his partner to complete what they have to do. If they encounter problems, they can talk to the facilitator.

- If you are studying now, what programs or measures are you taking to ensure that you will be able to continue your education?
- If you are not studying, what programs and schools are you planning to study?
- What degrees and programs do you want to pursue in the future?

- How can I save from my income and expenses?
- Where can I save my money?
- How can I reduce any debts I have?

- What is my personal vision and mission statements?
- How do I treat my partner and children?
- How can I improve my relations with my family?
- What emotional problems do I have?

- Do I behave as a father according to the law?
- How can I improve as a father?


The third meeting will feature, Bo Sanchez, a lay preacher who has talked to thousands of people about Christ, Catholic living and spiritual renewal. He has written several books, many of them bestsellers, on how to be blessed and live according to Christ’s teachings. He will talk about how to study, how to create a small business, how to relate to other people with love, how to align oneself to God, and what are the spiritual tasks of a father.

ACADEMICS (20 minutes): Believe You're Bigger; Be Consistent with Fundamentals
a) Tell a story about his college life when he had passing grades but later improved when he realized that he could get high grades.
b) Explain good study habits. Concentration and repetition are important.
c) Show good reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.
d) Refer them to libraries or websites that could help.
e) Give a quiz later to show how much they have retained.

ECONOMICS (20 minutes): Focus on Your Core Gift
a) Tell stories of how he entered into small businesses.
b) Ask who has a small business. Who wants to have a small business?
c) Explain the reasons, benefits and costs of having a small business.
d) Tell stories of how he experienced handling a small business.
e) Discuss corporate social responsibility and how companies can give back to the community.

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (20 minutes): Build Your Network
a) Avoid toxic people.
b) Welcome good people.
c) Love your family.
d) Love yourself.
e) Love God.

a) Love your wife and children.
b) Protect and provide for their spiritual guidance.

OPEN FORUM (20 minutes)
- Allow young fathers to ask more questions during this time.

The tasks for the week would be to produce a very creative presentation of how their lives have changed or improved because of the program. They can write a story or script, draw on paper, show photographs, act out a play or do a video presentation. Their presentations are only limited by the time and the imagination. They can present their experiences alone or with other people. These are the following areas that they should present: ACADEMICS, ECONOMICS,


The last meeting for the workshop is a culminating activity. The young adolescent fathers will share what they have accomplished during the four weeks in the workshop. There would be a small party with their families and there could be a basketball game.


1) There would be a recap and video presentation of the previous seminars. (15 minutes)

2) Each young adolescent father would narrate his experience during the program. He can tell stories, improvements, discoveries and realizations. (30 minutes)

3) The families can also give their stories and opinions about the young adolescent fathers. (15 minutes)

4) There can be a small party afterwards. This can take place in a town plaza, where they can hold a basketball game, a concert or a cultural presentation. They can hold the final workshop on a park or beach where they can enjoy more.


There can be follow-up meetings between the young adolescent fathers to monitor their progress or give advice on how to handle certain issues. These follow-up meetings can take place every month and can be arranged by the adolescent fathers themselves. There could be more topics, such as family planning, job hunting and other issues. Eventually, some fathers can act as facilitators for other teen fathers or other similar programs.

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