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Community Progress Council, YWCA York partner to expand Mindful Fathering program

Train-the-trainer efforts will double sessions offered in York


Community Progress Council and YWCA York are pleased to partner together to expand Mindful Fathering, a free educational group program for fathers who desire to raise children in a nurturing environment.

Mindful Fathering is an evidence-informed, early intervention program open to men of all backgrounds, orientations, and cultures that helps fathers learn skills to improve relationships and make positive changes in their lives and with their families. Through a new partnership, CPC and YWCA York worked together to bring nonprofit partner trainer Yorktown Family Services to York for a two-day session Sept. 29-30 to equip more than a dozen community leaders to facilitate Mindful Fathering sessions.

“This partnership enables our two organizations to host two eight-week sessions a year, one in the fall and one in the spring, effectively doubling what YWCA York had been able to accomplish on their own,” said Ruth Robbins, Chief Program Officer for Community Progress Council. “We’re excited to be able to reach more dads and empower them with the tools needed to reduce their stress and develop a personal vision for change, which connects directly to our work at CPC to empower families to make progress toward their goals.”

“Dads are key role models for young children, and yet there’s not a lot of programming specifically to support fathers,” said Ruby Martin, Chief Program Officer for YWCA York. “York is the first group in the United States to embark on this Mindful Fathering training, and we’re excited for the opportunity and grateful to the team members and community members who’ve stepped forward to engage in the training and facilitate the program.”

The next session of Mindful Fathering begins October 4 and runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evenings through November 22 at YWCA York, 320 E. Market Street, York, PA. Dinner is provided, and child care can be provided upon request. Advance registration is required. Dads can learn more and register at www.ywcayork.org.


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About Community Progress Council

Founded in 1965, Community Progress Council is York County’s nonprofit community action agency, whose mission is to empower individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency and advocate for change to promote community growth. CPC provides comprehensive, integrated services for low- and moderate-income people of all ages, with programs that include early childhood education through Head Start, Early Head Start and Pre-K Counts; housing, financial and employment counseling; nutrition support and education via Women, Infants and Children (WIC); York City Community of Hope; and the agency’s Self-Sufficiency Program that helps residents of York County reach financial stability. Learn more at www.YorkCPC.org.

About YWCA York

YWCA York is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Chartered in 1891, YWCA York has a long and rich history of creating opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power through a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  Over 28,000 people are served each year through the programs and services offered throughout York County. Worldwide, the YWCA impacts more than 25 million people in over 120 countries. For information about the YWCA York, visit our website, www.ywcayork.org.