With over 21 years of community development experience, Braswell serves as the Executive Director of Fathers incorporated (FI) (www.fathersincorporated.com). At Fathers, Incorporated he focuses on the need to reaffirm the benefit of fathers within the family service paradigm. Since 2004 the agencies’ main focus has been on the development of support and services for fathers. FI, a not-for-profit organization, serves as a leader in the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Mentoring. This international focus raises the awareness about, and combats the impact of father absence. Fathers Incorporated does this through the use of innovative social marketing and multi-media platforms, traditional communications, and product development. Braswell’s work seeks to expand the range of work in the fields of comprehensive and non-traditional family service models. For the past several years, Braswell has worked to change the current societal and cultural definition of family to include fathers.
As the field of responsible fatherhood expands, Braswell has also increased the reach of his work in include a focus on the impact of fatherlessness on both mentoring and single motherhood. In the past, service providers have focused almost exclusively on reducing poverty for mothers and children. Today, research and practice tells us that we must do the same for fathers in order to ensure that they can provide for the well-being of their children – both emotionally and financially.
As a result of his life’s experience, Braswell is also a national motivational speaker and trainer. In this work he speaks to youth and adults in motivating them to be hopeful about life. Currently Braswell is the author of “When The Tear Won’t Fall,” and recently released workbook, “Gentle Warriors.” He has also published “What you should know about Teen Parenting Period,” and a report entitled “Teenagers and their Attitudes towards Fatherhood.” Recently Braswell launched both “The Black Bar,” a social commentary site focus on the issue of Black Men and it accompanying BlogTalkRadio show. Braswell has been featured/mentioned in Essence, Gospel Today, Capital Region Parent Pages, BSI International’s IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, Philadelphia Inquirer, Times Union and various other media forums. He is also in the developmental stages of a television pilot to address the issues of fatherlessness in urban communities.
Actor John Amos and Kenneth Braswell at 2011 Fathers Incorporated Heritage Awards Dinner
Recently, Braswell launched a cause marketing campaign entitled “Tie Never Broken,” to celebrate, honor, encourage and support men. This effort is part of a yearlong campaign to proclaim 2011: The Year of Responsible Men. (www.2011yorm.com). Inspired by President Obama to increase the efforts of serving and supporting responsible fathers, the campaign will us the icon of a Blue Bow Tie as the symbol of responsible men.
Braswell is a board member of several organizations to include the Fathers and Families Coalition of America and the National Fatherhood Leaders Group. In the past he has served on both the Albany NAACP and Capital District YMCA boards. Mr. Braswell has served as the vice-president of the Urban League of Northeastern New York, spent over 15 years as radio broadcaster and 10 years as a newspaper publisher. He has received numerous awards and recognition since he began his community service in 1990.
Mr. Braswell is a national expert, frequent speaker, trainer and father of four beautiful children and husband to beautiful wife; Tracy. From 2006-2001, Braswell was the Director of the New York State Fatherhood Initiative (www.dads.ny.gov) where he managed over $11 million in programs, a $1 million comprehensive evaluation and the NYS Noncustodial Earned Income Tax Credit. Braswell can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn; YouTube and www.kennethbraswell.com
Revised March 2011