Male Involvement Specialist
Michal Muhammad has specialized in helping fathers and male father figures to become more active and responsible fathers in the lives of their children for over 10 years. He has an extensive social service background, working within various agencies, organizations and churches to help inititate, develop and improve programming geared towards male involvement. Mr. Muhammad frequently delivers workshops to men and boys of various ages about principles of manhood and fatherhood. Mr. Muhammad also develops comprehensive plans with agencies who are often in desperate need of involving the non-custodial fathers and partners of their female counterparts who are receiving services.
Boys to Men
Michal Muhammad works specifically with adolescent males who are experiencing the difficulties that accompany being raised within a single-parent or blended-family households. The challenges faced by single-mothers in raising adolescent boys without the assistance of a strong male father-figure are tremendous. Bro. Muhammad works with families to develop plans and connect with resources that to help families in need.
Barriers to Male Involvement in Social Service Agencies
Many studies have shown that the involvement of fathers and male-father figures in the lives of children increases favorable programmatic outcomes across the board for agencies that focus on early childhood development, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, etc. Many of these agencies that have traditionally served mothers may have difficulty building a bridge toward fathers and male father figures. Several key factors that hinder the building of a bridge toward fathers have been repeatedly identified by research:
(1) Fathers' fears of exposing inadequacies;
(2) Ambivalence of program staff members about father involvement;
(3) Gatekeeping by mothers;
(4) Inappropriate program design and delivery;
Mr. Muhammad engages in direct coaching relationships with fathers to help them to overcome fears and apprehensions about engaging in social service programs. Mr. Muhammad also uses comprehensive assesment tools based upon established best practices that will initially enable program administrators and staff to assess their agency's willingness and capacity to serve males and then to develop customized plans to fill in the gaps by preparing staff and the agency itself to begin effectively facilitating the involvement of males and male father figures.