Bobby VerdugoAuthor: CFFPP . Date: May 22, 2017
Robert “Bobby” Lee Verdugo, Jr., Supporting Fatherhood Involvement Specialist with Strategies, is the former Fatherhood Program Coordinator with Bienvenidos Family Services. He is a member of the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute (NLFFI), an integrated effort of nationally recognized leaders in the field of Latino health, education, social services, and community mobilization to address the important area of Latino fatherhood and families. From 1995-2003, Mr. Verdugo served as the Coordinator for the Con Los Padres Program, an innovative mentoring and support program in East Los Angeles that helps young fathers develop positive and nurturing relationships with their children.
Born, raised, and still living in the East Los Angeles area, Mr. Verdugo attended UCLA and graduated from California State University at Los Angeles with a degree in Social Work. He is a member of the National Compadres Network, a national effort to promote the positive involvement of Chicano/Latino males in the lives of their families, community, and society. Because of his work with fathers and families, Mr. Verdugo has been invited to speak at symposiums and conferences across the country, and was invited to participate in the 2003 International Fatherhood Summit in Oxford, England.
Mr. Verdugo has been a member of the National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (NPNFF) since 1997 and has served as the organization’s President of the Board of Directors. He also sits on the National Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins University Native American Fatherhood Project, is a member of the US Office of Child Support Enforcement’s National Hispanic/Latino Forum, and has served as a member of the Prevention Advisory Council, established by California’s Office of Child Abuse Prevention.
Bobby Verdugo was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary CHICANO- The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, which aired on PBS, and he was portrayed in the HBO movie Walkout, a docu-drama about the historic 1968 high school walkouts of East Los Angeles. He is social worker, an actor, and a public speaker. He is also a family man, married to his high school sweetheart, Yoli, who is also portrayed in Walkout, and is the proud father of two daughters, Monica and Maricela.