Fathers Incorporated, a New York-based agency which seeks to remedy the effects of absentee fathers, will announce a year-long slate of activities to encourage responsible fatherhood and mentoring at an awards dinner on Jan. 14. Joshua DuBois, special assistant to President Barack Obama and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is the event speaker.

“Fatherlessness is an epidemic, and we know for many children both young and old that the effect of its pain runs deep. In America today, more than 24 million children are unable to call their father’s name in the next room,” said Kenneth Braswell, executive director of Fathers Incorporated, in a prepared statement. “That is why Fathers Incorporated was formed. We are committed to make a difference and get fathers more involved in their children’s lives daily, no matter what the circumstances.”

The dinner will launch the partnership with the White House, a network of private and public grass-roots organizations, corporate partners and a high-profile honorary board.