A local organization is looking for men with either a son or daughter.
Total Action for Progress, or TAP, heads up Fathers First in the Roanoke Valley and now the group is trying to reach out to more dads.
These days Robert Wormley is employed full-time at TAP as a Father's First Family Development Specialist, but he admits he's had his fair share of ups and downs.
"It took me a while to sink into it to make that change,” he said. “I wanted to make the change when I knew I was ready for it."
Wormley is living proof that Roanoke's Father's First program actually works, according to supervisor and program manager Nick Kline.
"When he first started he had a bad attitude,” said Kline. “He didn't see the need for change and over time he did a complete 180."
Wormley spent his younger years in and out of trouble, but he decided to make a change about a year ago.
Wormley enrolled in Fathers First, graduated from the 10-week program and he hasn't looked back since. Now, he is a part of the program that helped him.
Fathers First focuses on good parenting, healthy relationships and job readiness. Wormley said he made the decision to join the program for his three children.
"It wasn't about not being in their lives,” said Wormley. “It was about doing a better job."
And doing a better job for his kids has opened up a lot of doors for the 32-year-old.
Wormley is now the poster child for the program and is reaching out to other fathers through his love of music. Those who work in TAP’s office know Wormley as ‘Fhat Rob.’
Wormley wrote and recorded a music video for the program. It will debut Thursday night at Center in the Square.
Kline said the music video is being used as a recruiting tool to get more people involved in program.
"It's one thing to be at events and hand out fliers and things, but it's another thing to take advantage of the internet, social media and get something out there that is a little bit different,” said Kline.
Wormley, or Fhat Rob, hopes his music video will push others to make changes in their lives so their children can live better lives.
Thursday’s event will take place on the fourth floor of Center in the Square.
The event is free and open to the public.
Fathers First was created in 2012. So far, nearly 300 fathers have graduated from the program.
For more information on how to get enrolled in the program, CLICK HERE.
The next class begins July 28 in Roanoke.