The GPUL M.A.N.C.A.V.E Fatherhood Program seeks to take a leadership role and commit to fostering the positive relationship of fathers or male role models with their children.

Welcome to M.A.N.C.A.V.E., the premiere fatherhood program in Arizona.

M.A.N.C.A.V.E. is a partnership between the City of Phoenix Human Services Department, My Brother's Keeper and the Greater Phoenix Urban League. The M.A.N.C.A.V.E. Fatherhood Program seeks to take a leadership role and commit to fostering the positive relationship of fathers with their children and families through innovative services and programming. Whether in-person or virtually, M.A.N.C.A.V.E., provides services that promote responsible fatherhood, healthy marriages and economic mobility. For example:

The Nurturing Fathers Program provides an opportunity for men to come together to build or enhance their parenting and nurturing skills.

The Marriage and Parenting Program focuses on strengthening the couple (married or unmarried) through a shared exploration of parenting attitudes and skills.

Fathering in 15 is 15 topics, 15 minutes each to become the best dad you can be. Fathering in 15™ is a new online learning experience that builds pro-fathering knowledge, attitudes, and skills in an online format delivered on any device you want to use (i.e., desktop, tablet, or smartphone).

Economic Mobility -- The GPUL M.A.N.C.A.V.E., in partnership with Arizona@Work, helps fathers improve their economic status by providing activities such as job training, employment services, and career-advancing education.

M.A.N.C.A.V.E. offers opportunities for dads to have fun with their children. We have school readiness father kits specifically made for dad to do fun activities together with their children. We have partnerships with the Arizona Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers where children and parents can engage with players through field day community events or attend home-town sporting events.

Finally, we cap off every year with a Helping Boys Thrive / Fatherhood Summit. The summit provides community-wide professional development opportunities and resources for parents and practitioners on topics impacting men to become more caring, actively-engaged, vested, and encouraged!

M.A.N. C.A.V.E -- Changing the lives of children and families through father engagement. Stay tuned for more content, more incentives and more opportunities to participate in M.A.N.C.A.V.E.


Mario Borja came to the M.A.N.C.A.V.E. program hungry to learn how to work with his children to support them with love and reinforce positive discipline. Mario's job did not provide for his family's basic needs, and he was not able to give the time needed for participating or playing with his children. Mario worked until he could acquire a job with the City of Phoenix in the construction area. The job didn't pay much, but it provided him with time to play with his children and participate in-home visits.

Mario had many obstacles in his path and difficulties that stressed him day after day. Unfortunately, the family went through a crisis that led Mario to make difficult decisions for the whole family. These barriers did not stop Mario, and he continued to support his family with patience, love, and dedication. Mario continued to seek improvement in his work and obtained a supervisor position in the development department. The new role will allow him to provide for his family and grant him the time needed to continue participating in their children's education.