Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities (YGTC), a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will recognize Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18 – a celebration that began at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910, initiated by Sonora Louis Smart Dodd.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in three children live without their biological fathers. In addition, societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s ability to become more engaged in the lives of his children. Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence, perform better academically and engage in less risky behavior.
“On Father’s Day, we celebrate dads and all male adult role models and recognize how important it is for children to grow up with men who are committed, responsible and involved,” said Glen Gunderson, president and CEO of the YGTC. “The Y provides resources and opportunities for fathers to connect with their children through programs that foster understanding and companionship, including family camp, sports, volunteering, group exercise classes and more.”