Kofi Asante

Kofi Asante – Program Director

With over 30 years of experience in the Arts and Humanities and Human Service field, and being the recipient of numerous awards and State and City proclamations, Kofi’s life mission is to make a difference, his “Village” concept and mentality has garnered him tremendous success and respect within his community and abroad.  Kofi has recently been appointed to the Mayor’s 2020 Commission on Reentry and vital member of the Philadelphia Council on Fathers and Families, his longstanding acknowledgements include the 2008 Isaiah Award for Outstanding Justice and Correcting Oppression bestowed by the Columbia University Teacher’s College, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Community Leadership Awards, the 2007 Ernest E. Jones Community Leadership Award and the 2006 recipient of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Chairmen’s Award and the list goes on.   Mr. Asante is also a 2006 graduate of Bryn Mawr College’s School of Social Work NELI Fellowship program for non-profit executives.

Mr. Asante has gained a reputation as a creative leader endowed with remarkable vision.  This knowledge, coupled with his life experience as the father of three biological children, three stepchildren and countless others he has claimed and influenced throughout his life, which made Mr. Asante the natural choice to lead a national fatherhood movement. He holds several positions on community based organizations and lends his talent and passion to enhance the success as a board member of Women Organized Against Rape, Star Spirit International NGO, The Pennsylvania State Commission for Children of Incarcerated Parents and a trustee of the Vine Memorial Baptist Church

In conjunction with being the President and CEO of the National Comprehensive Center for Fathers, Mr. Asante has also received the title of Deputy Director for the Development of Men’s programs of Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition. He assumed leadership as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation’s (PWDC) Fatherhood Initiative (FI) program in June 2001 and of the National Comprehensive Center for Fathers.  Under his guidance, his Fatherhood Initiative (FI) has reached and exceeded key benchmarks through the provision of job specific skills training, literacy education and GED obtainment. Mr. Asante’s management has propelled the program to a new level, evidenced by the state’s approval of FI for a State Demonstration Project.  This approval was in large part due to Mr. Asante’s leadership in strengthening the programmatic operations of FI.  As a result, NCCF’s FI Program has been replicated in Newark, Camden, and Atlantic City and there are 8 other counties throughout Pennsylvania currently being assessed for replication.

In addition to this significant accomplishment, he has helped to establish DADS (Delta Alpha Delta Sigma).  This component of the FI program is based on the historic role of fraternities, which are known to support the concept of brotherhood, discipline and respect.  The reinforcement of these ideals is meant to cultivate, within FI job candidates, recognition of the valuable role that family plays in their success and in the success of their children.  In testament to his devotion to FI candidates, Mr. Asante worked tirelessly to open the first working men’s wardrobe in Philadelphia County; The Work-N-Style for Men was launched in December 2002, providing a valuable service to father’s throughout the Philadelphia region to date Work-N-Style has dresses over 4000 men per year. NCCF continues to touch the lives of over 8500 families through its programs and services every year. His enthusiasm, dedication, professionalism and leadership are qualities that have served the Philadelphia community well and his boundless energy and commitment to the fatherhood cause throughout the country will serve us all.

To add to his list of profound accomplishments Mr. Asante was installed as a Chief in Lateh Ghana, West Africa in October 2005. His title is NaNa Kofi Asante Nkosohene

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