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July 2000Vol. 1, No. 5Institute Focuses on Latino Fathers

The Los Angeles-based National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute offers services tailored to Latino fathers and professionals who work with Latino families.

The Institute, a collaborative effort among three Los Angeles family agencies, offers workshops, parenting classes, counseling, tutoring, and job training to Latino males. The Institute also provides research, evaluation, and training on Latino fatherhood issues through its team of experts in the field and maintains a clearinghouse of bilingually/biculturally appropriate materials relevant to father-focused programs.

Founder and Director Jerry Tello discussed the Institute and its concerns in an online interview with LatinoLink, an electronic newsletter sponsored by He talked to interviewer Macarena Hernandez about how the positive role of men has often been ignored in our society and how Latino fathers, in particular, have been left out of national fatherhood movements. Tello says the Institute is trying to counter that trend and bolster the positive community support system of the Latino culture.

The Institute emphasizes the importance of the father, extended family, and community in nurturing, guiding, and educating children. The topics addressed include:

  • Child abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Gang violence
  • School failure
  • Illiteracy
  • Teen pregnancy.

For more information, contact:

Jerry Tello
National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute
5252 East Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: 323-728-7770

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For more ideas, research, and online networks related to fathers, visit the Benton Foundation's Connect for Kids Reference Room at: (Note: this link is no longer available.)

For an article about a new electronic management tool kit for fatherhood projects released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, read "HHS Electronic Management Tool Kit for Fatherhood Projects Now Available" in the June issue of CB Express.