Fathers & Families of San Joaquin

It is the vision of Fathers & Families to promote strong and healthy families and communities where children and youth are nurtured and fathers are engaged. FFSJ defines "healthy communities" as safe, strong and resourceful; treats individuals and families equitably and honestly; promotes positive family images and recognizes family strengths; and creates opportunities for individuals and families to achieve health, wellness and their human potential.
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
FFSJ is looking forward to a speaker session at Alliance for Girls 6th Annual Conference, A Movement for Equity. Join us as hundreds of leaders come together to build community, learn from those at the front lines, rejuvenate, and activate a collective agenda for the future of girls and gender expansive youth.

Find out more at:

#Movement4Equity #RaiseYourVoice4Girls #FFSJ #InLakech
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Date: Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Time: From 3PM to 7PM

Location: 628 E 3rd Street
Stockton, 95206

Food: $7.00 a plate
3 soft tacos
Rice & Beans
( beef, chicken or pork)

❤️All proceeds go towards the Funeral Burial

Thank You! 🙏🏽
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Please help us to raise funds in helping Sara Corona be laid to rest with a proper burial, any amount will be greatly appreciated 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

“Our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Dear Friend past away this past Thursday. With humble and grateful hearts my family and I are reaching out to the community to help lay Sara Corona to Rest In Peace with a proper burial and with your help, together we can accomplish this.

Unfortunately my mother passed away unexpectedly and had no funeral expenses paid for which left the family scrambling to pay for the cost of the funeral. I whole heartedly from the bottom of my heart ask you to please help us in this moment of great loss.

Any amount large or small is gratefully appreciated in order to make the fundraising a success. God Bless you for your help and contribution.“

Sincerely, Juan Schwanker
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
All our best wishes are with you! And we are happy that you invited us to share this wonderful moment with us. Congrats to the Vanessa and Rudie! #itsaboy #FFSJLovesYou #babyshower #baby #babyboy #newborn #love #pregnant #babylove #bebe #familia #babyshowergames #babyshowergifts
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
Every week Fathers & Families of San Joaquin will be highlighting a staff member along with the department they're in and the work they do within their program(s).

This week we are highlighting Imelda Acosta and her work within FFSJ's Youth & Racial Justice Department and her role as a Participatory Defense and Community Organizer. Check out her interview below.


Q: How would you tell a friend what you currently do at FFSJ?

IA: I work with young people through facilitating programs and mentorship, and with families through Participatory Defense. For facilitation, I get to work with young parents 14-24 years old who are system-impacted. We support them in developing their parenting skills and learning how to be a parent. I was a young parent myself, so I feel I’m able to teach not just to the curriculum, but also important skills that you need when you are a young parent. At the same time I build relationships with the young parents. I get to support them in the journey of this thing called parent-hood. The curriculum is called Raising Children with P.R.I.D.E. It’s a culturally rooted program with teachings and practices that go back to indigenous traditions and native ways. This has also opened my eyes to how my parenting style was colonized and unintentionally western. I appreciate that I get to grow while helping others learn and through this job. I see participatory defense as an opportunity to humanize folks to the court system. Oftentimes judges and DA’s are criminalizing and judging people for their alleged crime rather than allowing their family members to tell the judge who their family member involved in the system is. It really empowers families to feel like they are doing something for their loved one. The system has so much power and control over them while inside, loved ones can feel helpless against the system. So I get to give some agency back to them and their families by this work. Families create a bio packet which includes letters of support, photos, and you really get to know the families you work with. Most of the time I don’t meet the person from jail or juvenile hall, but the work is so personal that when they get out I want to hug them because I know them through these letters and pictures from their families.

Q: What do you think Stockton needs to know about the youth and the city that they aren’t seeing?

IA: Our kids and youth are too often feeling forgotten about and are hurting. Many are traumatized and have a lot of pain. I feel like because they have so much pain, they react in ways that adults don’t or can’t understand. So instead of sitting back and wondering what might be going through or trying to understand the trauma they have been through, they see them as “going off” and push them away. They’d rather say “forget it” or “incarcerate them” hoping for out of sight out mind mentality, but what Stockton needs to understand is that our children are the future. And if we are not providing them with the tools they need to be successful, then what is the future of Stockton gonna look like? We need to provide them with jobs, that should be priority, summer jobs for all kids in Stockton. They need access to mental health services and resources. Why is the school-to-prison pipeline not taught in schools in Stockton? Where is the advocacy for our youth? Our system is failing our youth. We have parents that can’t speak the language and still they are going into meetings about their kids with no interpreters. There are so many layers of injustice we see happening here in Stockton that I wonder where do you start? Sometimes the start is a conversation.

To find out more about the work we do in our community visit us at: www.ffsj.org

#HeartWork #HealingStockton #FFSJ #InLakech #StaffAppreciation #FaceYourWounds #RaisingChildrenWithPride
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We would like to invite all youth 21 and under to join us in presenting their skills and talents for others to enjoy. Youth are encouraged to share their talents through dance, music, drama, speech etc... Auditions begin September 24th. View flyers for more details. https://t.co/L2m4QMTtG8 FFSJstockton photo

Tomorrow we are having our next live scan clinic, which is the first step to record expungement. Doors will be open at 1:30 PM here at our agency 338 E. Market St. Stockton CA, 95202 #HealingTheHood #LiveScan #ChangingTheNarrative #OneJustice https://t.co/MwQgh7asW9 FFSJstockton photo

#SB24 is one step closer to an Assembly floor vote! We need Assembly Appropriations Committee member @SusanEggman to vote yes to bring #AbortionCareOnCampus & lift the barriers to reproductive health care for CA college students!

August 29t, 2019 at 1:00 PM we are having our next live scan clinic, which is the first step to record expungement. Please see attached flyers and notify anyone who is in need of this service. #HealingTheHood #LiveScan #ChangingTheNarrative #OneJustice https://t.co/aLOAMiISzy FFSJstockton photo

We need #AB1282, "No Private ICE" Act, to protect the rights of community members who earned their release from state prison, only to be unlawfully arrested by private contractors paid by ICE. @Portantino, can we count on your leadership to pass #AB1282 out of committee? https://t.co/px931lQ152 FFSJstockton photo

Through culturally-rooted education and trauma-informed mentorship, we activate the innate power of our youth to be socially conscious, politically involved agents of change in their own lives and communities. #HeartWorkIsHardWork #YouthDevelopment https://t.co/wBEAkGp7Qh FFSJstockton photo