Fathers Walk
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The 19th Annual Fathers Walk will be Thursday September 19, 2024  for schools and early childhood programs throughout Cuyahoga County and across the State of Ohio.

Fathers and other male mentors are encouraged to be involved in their child(ren)s education 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.   



The 2020 Fathers Walk was a virtual event, sponsored by WKYC Studio and hosted by the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, Passages and the Healthy Fathering Collaborative.  Click here to view it!

The Fathers Walk Pledge

On September 19, 2024, fathers and male mentors will take the following pledge and will be 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 this year and help us spread the word!  Promote the Fathers Walk with your families and on your social media outlets with the hashtags #FathersWalk or #NEOFathersWalk and please reach out to fathers and male mentors in your students' families to engage them in their children's education.  


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


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


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 County and in some other Ohio counties will be participating on the same date this year, demonstrating support throughout Ohio for the educational success of their children. 

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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