Fatherhood Initiative

The YMCA Fatherhood Initiative (YMCAFIP) is located in the heart of Toledo offering comprehensive services to fathers in Lucas County. The YMCAFIP develops healthy family relationships by providing fathers with emotional support and teaching valuable job skills in collaboration with Lucas County Job and Family Services.

The goal of the YMCA Fatherhood Initiative is to deliver strategies and resources to individuals to encourage responsible fatherhood and promote healthy father-child engagement. We provide an in-depth comprehensive curriculum through the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, and The Responsible Fatherhood Curriculum.

FREE Services Available to Fathers include: 

  • Computer literacy
  • Emotional and mental health support
  • Employment readiness
  • Financial education
  • Food assistance
  • Childcare assistance
  • Child support enforcement assistance
  • Lucas County Jobs and Family Services assistance
  • Social Security Administration assistance
  • HEAP assistance
  • Expungement assistance
  • GED assistance
  • Driver’s License Reinstatement
  • Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency services including, but not limited to support order modification (when eligible)
  • FREE YMCA Membership following continual, successful participation in the program

Eligibility for the YMCA Fatherhood Initiative

To participate in the Fatherhood Initiative Program, you must meet three basic requirements:

  1. Be unemployed or underemployed
  2. Receiving some type of benefits from Lucas County Jobs and Family Services
  3. Have a minor child in your home or have a child support obligation through Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency.

However, for those who do not meet these requirements, the program has a limited number of spots accepting those individuals still interested in enrollment. For further enrollment information, please contact The YMCA Fatherhood Initiative Program at 419-214-0087.

YMCA Fatherhood Initiative Partners 

We understand that a large part of our program success is greatly impacted through collaboration with various community resources. As we move forward, we will continue to cultivate beneficial partnerships to meet the needs of our consumers.

Bank on Toledo
Bridges Out of Poverty
Food for Thought
Kent Branch Library
NAMI of Greater Toledo
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
United Way
YWCA Childcare Referral & Resource

To all of our Partners, thank you for your support in making our program successful! 


YMCA Fatherhood Initiative Program Staff

J. Lyons is the director of The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Ms. Lyons possesses over a decade of experience in the nonprofit arena and is responsible for the overall implementation of The Fatherhood Initiative. She prides herself on her transparency, dependability, and ability to work in diverse settings.

Ben Clark is a case manager for The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Mr. Clark possesses over a decade of case management services addressing the development of healthy family relationships, responsible fatherhood, and valuable job skills. He is always positive and supportive while maintaining a firm & objective plan designed to meet the needs of the fathers he serves.

Alicia Early is a case manager for The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Ms. Early possesses over 7 years of experience in the social service sector providing intensive case management services and supports to help those served to address barriers and increase long term sustainability.

Kori Jackson is the Education and Employment Specialist for The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Ms. Jackson brings over 15 years of individual service based experience that she will use to help our clients by providing educational support and employment related services to improve employability.

Dane Francis is the Office Administrator for The Fatherhood Initiative Program. Mr. Dane possesses 13 years of experience in providing administrative support and services for various employers. Mr. Dane looks forward to providing our clients with resources and services to help them along the path of success.