In this twenty-third episode of the Detention to Redemption podcast, I interview Erik Vecere, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Erik currently serves as Vice President of Program Support at the National Fatherhood Initiative. It is the nation’s leading non-profit organization working to end father absence and its mission is to transform organizations and communities by equipping them to intentionally and proactively engage fathers in their children’s lives. National Fatherhood Initiative’s vision is for every child to grow up with an involved, responsible, and committed father. They provide tons of great curriculum but the one we spend our time talking about in this podcast is “InsideOut Dad.”
Erik shares with us that “InsideOut Dad” is the nation’s only evidence-based fatherhood
program that is developed specifically for incarcerated fathers and has been implemented in more than 25 state Departments of Corrections facilities and countless Federal of Bureau of Prison locations. He goes on to share with us his passion for this curriculum and why this curriculum has such an impact in father to family relationships. How it helps to improve behavior while still incarcerated and to break the cycle of recidivism by developing pro-fathering attitudes, knowledge, and skills, along with strategies to prepare fathers for release.
This is one of my favorite curriculums that I use inside of prison and I believe it gives incarcerated fathers the tools they need to become more involved, responsible, and committed in the lives of their children — providing increased motivation for them to get out and stay out.
The podcast is ended with the testimony of a formerly incarcerated man, Troy Gaines and his young son named Xavier. Troy shares in the audio how that the programs offered by National Fatherhood Initiative impacted his life and because of that his son was able to get his father back!