Fathers M.I.A. is a non-profit organization that helps fathers connect with their children and families. The organization was founded in 2016 by Gerald Hawkins Sr. and Robert L. Jackson III. Fathers M.I.A. provides resources and support for fathers who want to be more active and involved in their children’s lives.
Fathers M.I.A. purpose is to become the bridge that will facilitate the reconciliation between Fathers, Children, and Families. The Founders believe the Father is the foundation of the home, and if the foundation is broken, then the building is condemned. Too many of our children and families are functioning in a condemned state. Thus, the Purpose and Passion for Fathers M.I.A. is to move Fathers from Missing in Action to Motivated Involved & Active.
The foundation’s goals are to give fathers and their children a fighting chance, and opportunities that positively change their lives, their thinking, their values, and their understanding through this foundation. Providing a program to assist in the development of Fatherhood, and provide a mentoring program for the fatherless. Gernald Hawkins is the founder of Fathers M.I.A., a non-profit organization dedicated to the bridging of fathers, children, and families.
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Offer assistance, provide support, and facilitate change that will foster an appreciation for the importance of fatherhood. We endeavor to provide instruction that will shed light on the gifts embedded in children and the manifestation brought by the guidance and direction of their fathers.
Fathers M.I.A. has been established since 2016, the founders of Father’s M.I.A. Gernald Hawkins and Robert Jackson III were both at a teen sporting event when they came to the realization that it was always the mothers who were bringing their children to their sporting practice and major games, and a majority of these children fathers where never in attendance in their daily activities. Deep in their hearts both the founder and co-founder were moved by this situation and did what they thought was best for the children and the community. Bridging the gap between father and child would be a positive impact on our community, their goals are to promote the importance of fatherhood and the overall effect it has on our children.
We are moving fathers that are missing in action to motivated involved and active. Our organization believes that a house without a father is in a condemned state. To help resolve some of the issues, our organization has teamed up with local city officials who have volunteered their time in participating at our annual “As We Honor Her” Gala event. This event brings awareness and helps 20+ girls each year who are fatherless in being honored.
Gernald Hawkins Sr., the Founder of Fathers M.I.A., an organization that bridges the gap between fathers and their children. The organization’s principle is to mentor, support, challenge, assist, and advise fathers as they actively engage in rebuilding relationships with their children. The foundation also endeavors to assist and guide young men and women who seek to initiate the rebuilding process. Since the very beginning, Gernald’s vision for Fathers M.I.A. has been to provide fathers a fighting chance to positively reunite with their child/children. That vision is fulfilled in Fathers M.I.A.’s comprehensive core curriculum for fathers.
Gernald, having been adopted as an infant, grew with the motivation to dedicate his life to emphasizing the importance of Fatherhood.
Prior to Father’s M.I.A., Gernald served his country in the United States Army. After many years of service, he received an Honorable Discharge. He is currently employed with a tenor of over 20 years with the United States Postal Service. Gernald serves as a mentor, motivator, and leader at Koinonia Worship Center and Village, in the South FL area. Gernald also served as an advisor to many nonprofit organizations. He spent time as a counselor with The Distinguished Gentleman mentoring program for young men. At Miramar High School, he served as a chaplain, and mentor for the football team. He also spent many years coaching and developing life skills in Little League and Optimist football players.
Gernald, a Florida native, is married to Vegina Hawkins and they have 3 children; Gernald Jr., Malcolm, and Kyndal.
Robert L. Jackson III
Founder, Fathers M.I.A.
Is respected as a lecturer, teacher, coach, and leadership mentor. As Co-Founder of Fathers M.I.A., Robert believes a father is a function and not a title, and strongly believes that a Father is the foundation of the home and that everything stems from the father. He has over 18 years of leadership experience in Corporate America. He has held positions like Chief Operating Officer (COO), Executive Director, and Call Center Management just to name a few. In the Church, he has held positions from Asst. Pastor, Youth Pastor, Minister, Armour Bearer, and Musician. His education ranges from a Major in Business Administration, and a minor in Theology from Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa Oklahoma.
Robert L. Jackson III with his wife has launched Totally One, a Marriage enhancement organization. Robert is a certified marriage counselor and believes the principles are essential to developing fathers.
Robert L. Jackson III is joyfully married to Monique Jackson. He is also the proud father of two beautiful daughters Jae’Lyn and Zoe’ Jackson.
Robert L. Jackson III
Founder, Fathers M.I.A.