Every month The Black Star Project's Fathers Club takes children to museums, zoos, conservatories, libraries, bookstores, amusement parks and other places where children can be educated, enlightened, entertained, and where men nurture and bond with their children or with children for whom they care. Men in the Fathers Club pledge to be committed and engaged with their children throughout the year.
Events have been held at:
- University of Illinois-Chicago Flames Basketball
- Chicago White Sox
- DuSable Museum of African American History
- Chicago Children's Museum
- Brookfield Zoo
- Bronzeville Children's Museum
- Shedd Aquarium
- Garfield Park Conservatory
- Chicago Historical Society
- Sci-Tech "Hands-On" Museum in Aurora
- Afrocentric Book Store
The Fathers Club addresses the issue of men not being substantially involved in the lives of their children and families. The mission of the Fathers Club is to consistently, substantially and successfully educate Black children, and all children, with the involvement, investment, support and advocacy of their fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers and other significant male caregivers.
A good father is part of a good parent team and is critical to strong family structures. Strong family structures produce children who are more centered, academically proficient and socially developed and are a valuable asset to their communities. Better parents produce better communities, better schools and better students! Members of the Fathers Club are committed to being better fathers for their families, better role models for their children, better husbands for their wives, and making a difference in their communities. Even if a father and mother are living apart, fathers must remain active and involved in the lives of their children.
Please call the Fathers Club Program Director at 773.285.9600 for more information about this program. For a schedule of upcoming Fathers Club outings, which are free and open to men, women and children of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds, please see our calendar of events.