Date:   Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7

Location:   Greater New Birth Church

Address:   8237 West Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53218

Event Times:   Friday - 7:30am - 4:30pm; Saturday - 7:30am - noon




Event Purpose:  

The purpose of this annual, two-day event is to bring men, father’s and future father’s together to identify solutions and resources for support in promoting positive activity in the father role. We also gather data to help address the many obstacles that prevent men from being involved, responsible and committed fathers.

The theme of this year’s Fatherhood Summit is based on realizing the wide spread impact of trauma and understand potential paths for recovery. When changing the narrative, it provides a different perspective. Not what’s wrong but rather, what happened? The guiding principal of our theme is to identify resources to assist in the development of internal strengths, discipline and knowledge to overcome negative influences and barriers impacting the life of fathers. Then the appropriate referrals can be made to begin the healing process. MFI believes that the goal of improving the well-being of children is to provide them with involved, responsible, and committed fathers that have access to the services needed for wholeness. 

Our goal is strengthen the knowledge and skills of fathers and caregivers in all communities to build strong pathways, leading to healthy father development and engagement in the lives of their children and families.

Our Keynote

Dr. Ramel Smith PhD, LP
Blaquesmith, LLC

Other Event Highlights:

  • On-site Child Support Case Reviews
  • Driver's License Recovery - On-site Traffic Case Reviews
  • Health Information and Screenings
  • Access to Education - GED/HSED, Trades, CDL, etc.
  • Job Fair/Employment opportunities linking to city and regional jobs
  • Job Training Opportunities - Skilled Trades, industrial, culinary, etc.
  • Family Court Services - bankruptcies, child placement, etc.
  • Resource Fair - Other community service providers

We will offer a menu of workshops which focuses on empowering men.

Session Title Presenter
Recovery Services Overview Nzinga Khalid,Janet Fleege and Brandon Hall
Building a Healthy Body, Mid and Soul Ezequiel
Evolution of the Afican Man and His Family Alfonzo Watkins
Be the Seed: Growing Your Legacy Que El-Amin, Sharlif El-Amin and Hank McGowan
Protecting your Legacy: Criminal Background "CIB"
 report and Expungements
Sheila Sullivan and Kori Ashley
Readdressing Anger Al Holmes
LIHF Barbershop Ernest Goggins an Keith Parris

Many vendors have been invited that focuses on the areas of Employment, Employment Training Services, Financial Education, Healthcare Awareness, Education & Training, Driver’s License Recovery, Insurance, Child Support Services, and much more.

Pre-Registration - You MUST pre-register to receive child support and driver's license recovery assistance.

Your Pre-Registration includes:

  • MFI Event Gift Bag pre-loaded with premium gift items from our vendors
  • Access to Child Support Debt Reduction
  • Access to Driver's License Recovery services
  • Continental Breakfast and Lunch (Friday Only)

**Please note that items listed above are only guaranteed with pre-registration and on a first-come first-served basis**

Registration Deadline is Noon - Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Online: "Register Now" by following the link or just scroll to the bottom of this page.

By Fax: Complete registration form and fax to Social Development Commission at 414.906.2717 to the attention of the Policy & Research Department.

Photograph/Videotape Release

Please note that by registering for this event you hereby give your permission to the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, its partners, and sponsors to use any photos or videotape material taken of yourself during the 12th Annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017.

You further give them permission to place the finished film(s)/photograph(s)/videotape(s), audio recording, written text or testimonials to any use, including commercial use, that the MFI, SDC and SDF staff, contractors, sponsors, partners and/or volunteers may deem proper.

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are what make an event such as this successful. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the volunteer interest form and fax to the number indicated on the form. Volunteers will assist in helping the fathers get the most out of the day by coaching them through understanding the challenges that exist and recommending the resources that are available on-site to address it.

Come prepared to meet with employers:

⇒ Dressed appropriately
⇒ Two minute elevator speech marketing yourself
⇒ Resumes (suggested amount of at least 30 copies)

To assist in preparation for the event, pior to the Summit/Job Fair, Milwaukee Fatherhood participants are going to be given a referral to come to the ResumePro lab at ResCare's Teutonia locaton (address below) on:

  • Friday, September 16 9am - noon
  • Friday, September 23 9am - noon
  • Friday, September 30 9am - noon


ResCare - Teutonia Ave
Resource Room - Resume Pro Lab
6111 N. Teutonia Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53209

Confirmed Employment Vendors Include:

Argus Technical - Friday Only
Charter Communications (Spectrum) - Friday Only
Comfort Keepers Milwaukee- Friday Only
Dairyland Buses - Friday Only
Elite Staffing Inc.
FedEx Ground - Friday Only
Fire and Police Commission
First Student
Job CorpFriday Only
Kelly Services - Friday Only
Milwaukee Jobs.Com - Friday Only
Milwaukee County Sheriff Department
Milwaukee Police Department
Pace Industries - Friday Only
Quad Graphics - Friday Only
Randstad - Friday Only
Shiftgig - Friday Only
Teachers on Call - Friday Only
Transit Express- Friday Only
ULG Skilled Trades- Friday Only
U.S Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Winter Services, LLC - Friday Only
Wisconsin Central School Bus - Friday Only
WRTP Big Step

The above employers are seeking candidates in the areas of: Account Executives, general labor, assembly, welders, forklift operators, cashiers,cooks, retail associates, banquet servers, diswashers, custodians, caregivers, CBRF, CNA, carpenter, drywall, roofing/siding, CNC machinist, concrete, school bus drivers, material handlers, machine operator, substitute teachers, teacher assistants, correction officers, general warehous, fire cadets, police aide, firefighter/EMT, field technician 1, inside sales & retention representative, shipping and receiving, batch makers, trimmer (multiple shifts), die cast operator, maintenance tech, automation tech, paratransit driver, package handler, parcel assistant, construction/ apprenticeship assistance, sidewalk shovel crew, plow truck drivers, heavy equipment operators, and various manufacturing opportunities.

Check back periodically as the list is frequently updated with content detail, pre-registration instructions and listing of vendor participation.


Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors & Partners



First Name Last Name
Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)    
Address Zip Code
Phone (123-456-7890) Email
Will this be your first time attending the Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit? 
What is your age? How many children do you have?
What is your gender? Are you employed? Are you looking for work?
What is your ethnicity? How did you hear about the summit? Family & Friends
Other (please Specify)   Service Agency (SDC, UMOS, etc.)
Education Level   Advertising (radio, TV, newspaper, etc.)

I would like to sign up to talk with someone about my child support issues.                                   
I would like to sign up to talk with someone about my driver's license issues.                                
I have a criminal record that hinders me from employment, education or Housing                          
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