Hostos Celebrates Student-Fathers

On July 20, the CUNY Fatherhood Academy at Hostos (CFA) recognized the hard work and sacrifice of its latest cohort of student-fathers.

In total, 20 fathers were celebrated in a special event held in the Hostos Café attended by administrators and staff, and most importantly, the families, friends and other supporters who helped the program’s participants reach this milestone.

Darryl Rogers, Senior Director of Pre-College Programs, introduced the group and Danielle Allen, the CFA Program Director, served as the host. The cohort also received special congratulations from Hostos Dean Peter Mertens and Andre Peterson from Bronx Fathers Taking Action in the Office of the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr., among others.

The cohort dedicated itself to preparing for the High School Equivalency Diploma test and participated in several college readiness programs. They also received occupational training and guidance through Hostos’ Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

CFA, a program of the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), is a free, 16-week high school equivalency and college preparatory program for resident New York City fathers ages 18 to 28. CFA promotes responsible parenting, college readiness, and work among unemployed and underemployed fathers.

The CFA Spring Class of 2017:
Abraham Kennings, Anthony Walker, Brandon Carrasco, Corey James, Dakota Wilson, Daniel Emmanuel, Daniel Batiz, Donovan Gordon, Julius Stewart, Jeremy Gordils, Guy Heyward, Jaccob Serrano, Jean Ortega, Jose Montijo, Justin Anthony, Kelvin Guzman, Leroyal Lee, Nile DeCastro, Tyrone Shine, and Wilder Nunez.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.