Training & Education
The Practitioners Leadership Institute offers specialized training and technical assistance to meet your organization’s needs. Year-round, the Center for Urban Families (our parent organization) receives and processes requests from practitioners, policymakers, philanthropists and other invested stakeholders, asking us to provide hands-on training and support in the fields of responsible fatherhood, healthy relationships and workforce development.

What We Offer

Site-visit and needs assessments + customized resource material development   Roundtable customized training programs   Training sessions at our Baltimore office


Fields of Training & Education

Workforce Development
Responsible Fatherhood
Family Strengthening
Boys and Men of Color

CFUF's Practitioners Leadership Institute provides Workforce Development training and technical assistance by helping organizations promote personal, professional, and economic development through initiatives designed to maintain a skilled workforce and enhance the quality of life on local, regional,national, and international levels. We specifically assist in topics such as:

  • Recruiting clients to your work force development program
  • Initial assessment process of participants
  • Developing an individual employment plan for your clients
  • Developing an alumni services component
  • Developing an employer outreach strategy

Using CFUF's own direct services programs as a model, our workforce development T/TA approach will allow organizations to better provide employment assistance to your community's workforce pool.

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When fathers are involved with their children there are many benefits for themselves, their children, their families, and the wider community. There is now significant evidence to show that when fathers take a positive, active role in the lives of their children, the children experience less behavioral problems, improved social skills and better educational outcomes. Central to CFUF's mission is the belief that men—the most disconnected and under served citizens in urban communities—who connect with women, their children, and the workplace are key to the restoration of stability and optimism.

With this philosophy in mind, CFUF has developed a training curriculum designed to help organizations establish a program that helps develop young fathers called THE D.A.D. M.A.P.: DEVELOPING ALL DADS FOR MANHOOD AND PARENTING. The curriculum provides an opportunity for programs to expose young, low-income men to fatherhood education, information, and skill development that is rarely accessible to them. The curriculum focuses on fathers who have an interest in exploring the possibility of formalizing their commitment to their children and families. CFUF created the DAD MAP curriculum based on experience working in low-income African-American communities. Organizations can supplement the activities or examples used in the curriculum with material that connects more effectively with their target populations. The curriculum covers issues such as:

  • Child support education
  • Parenting skills
  • Proper communication skills with your children and the mother of your children
  • Employment readiness

The curricula and training are supplemented with a guidebook that is intended to provide program planning and implementation strategies as well as resources that organizations can use as a guide in creating or enhancing responsible fatherhood program.

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For the past two decades, growing evidence has shown that children fare better, on average, when raised by both of their parents in stable low-conflict households. Furthermore, studies have also shown that there is a higher rate of marital instability for economically disadvantaged couples and a lower rate of marital instability for non-disadvantaged couples. Additionally, over the past two decades, out-of-wedlock birth rates have risen. All of these trends are important rationales for the development of a healthy relationship initiative.

CFUF has devised a technical assistance training based on a curriculum we developed called, THE BLUEPRINT: A GUIDE TO FAMILY STABILITY & ECONOMIC SUCCESS. The curriculum provides an opportunity for programs to expose young, low-income and never-married couples to healthy relationships education, information and skill development that is rarely accessible to them. The curriculum focuses on couples who have a mutual interest in exploring the possibility of formalizing their commitment to one another through marriage. We train the potential facilitators of a healthy relationship initiative on properly facilitating discussions with couples regarding the following issues:

  • Discussion regarding finances
  • Proper ways to discuss and communicate issues
  • Ways the individuals can support one another
  • Discussion regarding a couple’s future goals

We also provide a supplemental guidebook with the curriculum. The guidebook is intended to provide program planning and implementation strategies that organizations can use as a guide in creating or enhancing their healthy relationships program.

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The Center for Urban Families' Practitioner Leadership Institute intends to build on its reputation as a leading social service and community based organization focused on developing practitioners working in the field of Boys and Men of Color (BMOC). Turning its attention to local grassroots leaders who need specific support, PLI will focus on building leadership capacity for Baltimore based individuals and organizations. This investment will help lift the most vulnerable communities by retooling leaders, building community networks and developing the future city leaders. 

The PLI will select 15 grassroots leaders that specifically work to resolve issues facing our city's Boys and Men of Color. The practitioner participants of this BMOC focus will be engaged in a series of activities that are critical to the long-term effectiveness and efficiency of their organizations. This mission driven effort is aimed at strengthening the management. governance and strategic planning processes of those persons and organizations working to improve their impact and outcomes surrounding BMOC. The curriculum focus areas are:

  • Governance
  • Financial (Internal and External)
  • Communications
  • Strategic Planning & Visioning
  • Sustainability
  • Collaboration
  • Evaluation and Program Data

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Come Visit Us in Baltimore!

We invite you to come see the Center for Urban Families work firsthand through a guided tour of the facilities. Hear directly from our Workforce Development staff, our Baltimore Responsible Fatherhood Project Staff, our Alumni Services staff, and other key CFUF staff members that help make this organization a national leader in providing services for fathers and families.

If you are interested in a site visit or would like more information about our training and technical assistance services, please contact Shawn Burnett at




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