The Black Fathers Foundation

FOUNDERS

Matt Prestbury

Founder

Kelly Prestbury

Co-Foundeer

Founder

Matt Prestbury

Matt Prestbury is a native Baltimorean who has worked tirelessly over the past two decades to not only provide what his family needs, but also to provide spaces and places for other black men to get the resources and know-how needed to do the same in Baltimore and far beyond. Whether in physical spaces such as the schools he’s worked in and the venues in which he’s held events, or in virtual spaces such as the Black Fathers Facebook group, Matt continuously works to help black men get access to the organizations, information and funding that they need to support and sustain their families to the best of their abilities. 

He’s always been passionate about raising his children and helping other fathers do the same. Much of his work is centered around showing the world the truths about fathers and  fatherhood in order to combat widely held stereotypes and myths through social media, apparel, music, books and speaking engagements. Matt’s mission is to show the world how involved fathers truly are while continuing to spread the message to fathers about the importance of being present in the lives of their children.

“Fatherhood is both a gift that we give to ourselves and a responsibility that we place upon ourselves when we create a life. When done with fidelity, it is neither  a chore nor a burden, but rather a joy and a pleasure.”

MATT PRESTBURY

Co-Founder

Kelly Prestbury

Kelly Prestbury is a Baltimorean who is committed to two things: building family and building community. She has worked not only to raise her own family and be there to support and guide them, but also to go out into the community of Baltimore and beyond in order to improve the lives of others, and to help them raise their families as best they can. 

In 2019, Kelly graduated from Walden University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business administration. Since then, Kelly has gone on to become a certified doula and start her own company, Jua Birthing Services. With her commitment to fathers and their families, she brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to The Black Fathers Foundation and to the lives of mothers and fathers bringing babies into this world. 

Education, equity and access to opportunities are components that Kelly believes are key to elevating individuals, families and their surrounding communities. That belief is at the heart of everything she does.

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