Join a Tribe

Are you ready to have some fun and connect with your child? Now is the time! You will spend the next three years in the program with a tribe; a group of dads with kids of the same age and gender. We have found the optimal number for a tribe is between 6-10 pairs. Many tribes are formed with neighbors, classmates, sports teams, etc. of the same age and gender.

Form a tribe

If you already know a group of dads/daughters or dads/sons that are interested in joining Y Guides, you can form your own tribe! All you have to do is get your tribe's registration forms and payments together and attend the First-Year Dads Training in September. Your tribe must be formed before the First-Year Dads Training.  

Find a tribe

If you're interested in joining Y Guides, but need help finding a group of dads/daughters or dads/sons in your area, we can help! We'll help you form a tribe with others based on zip code, age and gender. See below for three ways to connect with potential tribemates. 

1) Fill Out the Find a Tribe Form:
Fill out this online form to add your information to our database of first-year dads. We can sort the database based on zip code, age and gender to help you find some dads that might be a good fit. After you've completed the form, we will be in touch with more details. 

2) Join the Tribe Connection Facebook Group:
The Y Guides staff has created a Facebook Group for dads trying to connect with potential tribemates. Whether you're a new participant looking to join a tribe OR you're part of an existing tribe that's hoping to add new members, visit the Facebook Group to connect with others. 

3) Attend a Regional Meetup:
NEW in 2019 - The Y Guides team will host regional meetups at YMCA branches throughout the triangle for first-year dads who are looking for tribemates. These meetups are scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 11 from 5 - 6 p.m. at the Poyner YMCA (Downtown Raleigh), Taylor Family YMCA (Cary), YMCA at Meadowmont (Chapel Hill) and Kerr Family YMCA (Wake Forest/Northeast Raleigh). Please let us know if you’re planning to attend one of the regional meetups. 

Next Steps

Registration and Payment
All participants must fill out a Y Guides Registration Form, with payment attached. Everyone must attend a First-Year Dads Training, where registration forms and payment must be turned in for the entire Tribe.

If your Tribe doesn't have all the forms and payments for all the members at the First-Year Dad Training, they must be turned into the Y Guides office by Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 (address: 801 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27607).

First-Year Dad Training Dates
Sept. 9, 7 - 9 p.m., McKimmon Center (Wake County and surrounding counties)
Sept. 10, 7 - 9 p.m., University Club at University Tower (Durham County and Orange County)
Sept. 11, 7 - 9 p.m., McKimmon Center (Wake County and surrounding counties)

Learn more about first-year dads trainings. 


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