Fathers Walk

The 14th annual Fathers Walk is Thursday September 19h, 2019 at public, private, and charter throughout Cuyahoga and surrounding counties.  The 2018 event was oberved at 163 schools in Cuyahoga County, 52 schools in Summit County and 9 schools in Portage County.  The event was sponsored and promoted by numerous school districts, and both public and community based agencies, in a hugely successful grassroots collaboration.

Fathers and other male mentors were encouraged to to take their kids to school on this date and throughout the school year!  Please support the thousands of fathers, uncles, grandfathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, brothers and mentors that step up to support the education of children in their lives.  

Search #NEOFathersWalk or #FathersWalk on twitter for inspirational videos and photos and click here to watch a WKYC promotion for this year's walk!

The Fathers Walk Pledge

On September 20, 2018, fathers and male mentors took the following pledge and were encouraged to keep it year around:

  • I am responsible for the education of my child.
  • I will encourage all children to do their best every day at school.
  • I will speak to my child about the value of learning and the importance of reaching your potential.
  • I will help with school work and review assignments for completion.
  • I will praise my child when he/she does well in school.
  • I will speak with my child’s teachers and support them in educating my child.
  • I will teach my child the value of education and the value of family.
  • I will work with my child’s mother or guardian to achieve the best academic and social outcomes for my child even if I do not live with my child
©Theresa Mejia Johnson, I Am a Dream, 2012

The Fathers Walk began in the Cuyahoga County area in 2006, spearheaded by Greg Johnson and Theresa Mejia Johnson of I Am a Dream with support from many partners.  The event responded to research that shows father and male involvement is essential to promoting good classroom behavior, better grades and higher educational attainment levels and enjoyment of school and learning.
Get Your School Involved!

Please plan on participating next year and help us spread the word!  Promote the Fathers Walk on your social media outlets with the hashtags #FathersWalk or #NEOFathersWalk.


Do you want to register a school for Fathers Walk?  Call the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative to register at 216.348.3967 or click here to register by email


Color promotional cards for the Cuyahoga County Fathers Walk, with the Fathers Walk pledge, are available for distribution. Do you need some? Email us your request and we'll deliver them to you.


Fathers Walk in Cuyahoga County is brought to you by Passages, Global Parenting Network, the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative (CCFI), the Healthy Fathering Collaborative and WKYC


For more information call the CCFI at 216.348.3967 or Passages at 216.881.6776 or email info@neofathering.net

Order Promotional Cards or Register Your School


Contact Us

Healthy Fathering Collaborative
P.O. Box 606194
Cleveland, OH  44106





*Email is the preferred form of contact.

Donate Now

Please help us engage fathers in the education of their children with your tax deductible contribution.  Children with engaged fathers are more successful students!

Fathers Walk Across Ohio!

Fathers in Cuyahoga, Summit, and PortageCounties will all be participating on the same date this year, demonstrating support throughout Northeast Ohio for the educational success of their children and the Ohio Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Families is encouraging organizations and schools across the state to participate as well.


Similar events (also known as the Million Fathers March) will take place at 800 cities across the country this year at the beginning of the new school year.

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