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What Fatherhood means to Fathers...

“This is my most important role. If I fail at this, I fail at everything.” --Mark Wahlberg “The reward of fatherhood is spending the rest of your life proudly knowing this person you helped guide.” --Mike Sager “Spend time with your kids and have your own ideas about what they need. It won’t take away your manhood; it will give it to you.” --Larry Gutierrez “I make a lot of mistakes and I don’t know what I’m doing. But my kids still love me.” --Louis Collins “We have to set a good example for our children because if we want to set high expectations for them, we’ve got to set high expectations for ourselves first.” --Barack Obama

What is the Pop Shop?


eing a father is the most important job any man can ever have, It requires patience, responsibilty, and courage to raise a child. The importance of being a father can be overwhelming if you don’t feel ready, but in reality no man is ever fully prepared for everything that comes along with being a father– but that doesn’t mean that doing your best is not enough. Part of the DadBuilders program, The Pop Shop is a place to work towards making the transition to fatherhood by joining other young and experienced fathers in carpentry and other crafts as you share stories and advice about how to make the best life for your child. We will train you to use our equipment and facilities to create handmade projects like toys, decorations, and furniture for your child. As you advance through the program gaining parenting and professional skills, we will recognize your achievements by honoring you with one of our prestigious mastery titles.

Our facilities 5000 sq ft spacious workshop Computers High speed Wi-fi internet Large worktables Prototyping and design software Professional tools and machinery Personal workstation and storage

Our specialties Arts and crafts Graphic design Laser cutting Textiles (sewing, upholstery) Woodworking

Our responsibility Our mission is to provide a positive environment for young men to receive support and encouragement as well as build the skills they will need to become good influences on their children. Both you and our team must work together to ensure your goals our met and the mission of The Pop Shop is fulfilled. Members can expect that our services are free or for a nominal disclosed fee unless otherwise indicated. We will provide the space, tools, and instruction to help you complete projects in a reasonable time frame. We will do our best to accommodate members who are unable to commit to all scheduled activities and classes, but we expect members to communicate any attendance issues they may have as early as possible. This program is not a formal parenting program, nor is it a formal educational institute or trade school. It is not intended as a replacement for other established organizations and systems that provide recognized support services.

A call to young fathers

1 in every 3 children lives apart from their biological father Not being a custodial parent does not mean that you cannot have a strong relationship with your child and an active role in

his or her life. DadBuilders is looking for a few good men to defy these odds. We are seeking new members

who are: • serious about their commitment to fatherhood • working towards attaining gainful

employment • have a desire to be proactive in their community

Mastery Titles Being honored with a mastery title is considered a significant accomplishment at The Pop Shop. Each title represents another commitment to fatherhood and self improvement. Grasshopper As a newbie to the program, this is the time when we want to get to know you and show you what it means to represent DadBuilders. You’ll learn about our values and core principles and we will help you define and make plans to reach some of your own personal goals. In The Pop Shop, you will work on projects that will allow you to start establishing your identity as a new dad and show your pride for your child.

Karate Kid Once you’ve learned the ropes, you’ll want to start showing how you can make an impact in your child’s life every day. At this stage, you will work on projects that will inspire new ways for you to spend quality time with your child. You will also learn more about child care, so that you can always feel comfortable taking care of your child by yourself.

Ninja Giving back is the biggest part of Dad Builders. Entering into the second half of the program, you will have enough experience to start mentoring some of the new dads to program about fatherhood and feeling their way around The Pop Shop. You will also have the skills you need to start working on more advanced projects like furniture.

Samurai The Samurai is the highest honor a dad can earn. This honor is reserved for dads who go above and beyond their duties by demonstrating continual involvement with their children. Beyond the Samurai level, you are expected to develop expertise in different areas of parenting and craft to continue and help develop more young men in the program.

The Sensei Advancing through mastery levels requires lots of hard work and dedication, but you will not be going on this journey alone. Our staff and volunteer professionals will be on hand to guide you. These “senseis” are there to help you with projects as well as offer you support and advice to help you with your parenting. Feel free to take advantage of the senseis’ knowledge and experience for matters outside of workshop projects too. A sensei can be a great reference for a job or help you with career planning. A sensei can also help direct you to other resources for things like housing and health services.

Sample Track Grasshopper Start Register


Shop Safety

Make a name plate for your child Training



story of child’s Name

Laser cut

Photograph your name plate

personalize your work station Develop your network

Share your Work Shop Activity Character exercise

Get to Know a member

Give a tour of the Shop

Visit our partners

How to get started

Talk to us Come visit us in person to get more information about our program. Stop by one of our locations or call or check our website for details about the mobile Pop Shop coming soon to an area near you. Sign up Once you’re ready, tell us a little more about yourself so we can place you in a class that’s right for your schedule and needs. Get a sponsor A sponsor can be anyone you want– your mom, a friend, a neighbor, or even your mail carrier. You just need someone to share your work with and give you feedback on character building activities. Start working As soon as you’re in the program we want you to get started making things and building your relationship with your child.

Mobile Pop Shop tour schedule The Hill House 1835 Centre Avenue March 1, 2013 4 - 6:30 pm

CCAC North Campus 8701 Perry Highway March 21, 2013 12 - 2:30 pm

CCAC South Campus 1750 Clairton Road April 3, 2013 4 - 6:30 pm

Allegheny Park 4 Allegheny Center April 20, 2013 9- 11:30 am

The Hill House 1835 Centre Avenue April 30, 2013 12 - 2:30 pm

4000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213

DadBuilder's Pop Shop brochure  

How the program works

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