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Venango Fatherhood Initiative (VFI) was formed in 1998 as a volunteer effort. VFI's goal is to improve the lives of children in Venango County by increasing the number of children growing up with involved, responsible, and dedicated fathers. VFI will provide support, counseling, education, and advocacy to help strengthen the bonds between fathers and their families. Fathers are encouraged to become positive role models, willing to provide the loving leadership and guidance necessary to nurture their children. Through a variety of workshops and programs, VFI endeavors to provide fathers with the skills and knowledge they need to strengthen their relationships with their children and their families, thereby improving their communities.

The VFI program operates under a contract with the Venango County Children, Youth & Families.


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VFI's Mission:
To empower fathers to grow in their capacity to nurture by supporting, counseling, educating and challenging fathers to become a strong positive force within their families.
Programs and services offered by VFI:
24/7 Dad: Fatherhood Program
  An eight-week workshop open to all men, focusing on the five concepts that cover the essential knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and practices that fathers need to be the best dads they can be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any man can attend these workshops including expectant fathers, single fathers, or grandfathers, who want to discuss the joys and concerns of raising children and share new parenting tips and techniques with other dads in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. The workshop covers such topics as:
  • Effective/appropriate discipline
  • How to build and maintain healthy relationships
  • How to communicate effectively
  • About family roles
  • The importance of involved, responsible fathers
Family Groups
This is an extension of the 24/7 Dad: Fatherhood Program. Men are encouraged to invite their wives/partners and their children. Single mothers who do not have a significant other attending the men's group, are also welcome. These groups meet at the same time in separate areas to discuss topics related to the 24/7 Dad: Fatherhood Program.
Inside Out Dad
  This eight-week workshop is held in the Venango County Prison. The program assists fathers to rebuild and/or maintain family ties during incarceration, and prepares the father to reintegrate into their families upon release. Fathers learn how to communicate with their children while they are in jail, how to make improvements in their lives and how to plan for future release.
Relationship Smarts Plus 3.0
  This lively 12-lesson evidence-based relationship skills curriculum is for teenagers age 13-18 years old. It appeals to teenagers' aspirations and empowers them with skills needed to form and maintain healthy relationships, make wise sexual choices, and work toward their goals.
Donuts with Dad
  This program is held in Venango County Elementary Schools. The purposes of Donuts with Dad are:
  • To encourage fathers to take an active role in their children's education. This also includes step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father figures.
  • To encourage schools to involve fathers in projects, activities and classroom activities.
  • To provide fathers/father figures with an opportunity to spend a little extra time with their children.
Special Events and Activities
  • Family Movie Nights (held at Second Presbyterian Church in Oil City)
  • Family Winterfest (sled riding held at Two Mile Run County Park)
  • Family Fishing Picnic
  • Pinewood Derby (partnering with Allegheny Scion/Toyota and Big Brothers Big Sisters)
  • Calendar featuring Children's Art Work
  • Soapbox Derby (one held in Oil City and one in Rocky Grove, usually in July)

Fathers may also choose other topics of interest. All events and activities are Free of Charge!

For information about any of the programs or events offered by Venango Fatherhood Initiative, please call:

814-676-9940 ext. 1212



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