The National Dads Matter!™ Project
Spotlights YOUR Dads!
This tried, tested, and proven effective *done-for-you* parent engagement and dad-recruitment resource is EASY to implement and manage on your end.
- Raises the bar for father engagement program-wide.
- Spotlights father engagement at your program for all to see.
- GIANT posters with pictures of your men every month!
- Each man gets his “15 minutes of fame” — for being a DAD!
- EASY to implement; this is a totally turn-key operation requiring minimal time commitment on your end (less than 30 minutes per week, once underway).
The National Dads Matter! Project (NDMP) spotlights your best men and makes them famous mentors, boosting father engagement across your service area, and raising the bar for dad involvement.
Testimonials: Dads Matter!™ Project
"I think our dads' participation has risen at least 25%, since our program adopted the Dads Matter Project!!! Last year our dads logged over 425 volunteer hours for the year-end. I am very proud of them. Every dad I have asked has agreed to be in the Dads Matter Newsletter. We love it!!!!! We will be having a Federal Review soon. We don't know the date yet, but I'm sure this will help in our father's involvement area. Thanks again!!!"
"As a result of the (Dads Matter) program, we have seen an increase in father involvement in our programs as well as throughout the agency. For example, fathers are feeling more "at home" getting involved in their child's direct care at our agency, but also volunteering to complete projects and participate in additional events such as fundraising and our building renovation. This project encourages interpersonal support and gets people together.”
“Through your Dads Matter! Project, and contributions to the Children’s Voice Magazine, you have remained a true champion for all America’s children and families. The Child Welfare League of America appreciates your effort and support in addressing the needs of children, youth and families.”
"Since we began the Dads Matter! The project, not only has our father participation but also all-male involvement participation increased by 15%. We have begun having fathers volunteer their time. The roster for participants is almost to full capacity! Thank you, Patrick, for including Isleta Head Start & Child Care families in the Dads Matter Project! We hope to continue the Dads Matter Project for years to come."
“I love the results that we are seeing with this project. This may be the only place our featured Dads get positive press and acknowledgement of the important job they have. As one featured father put it, ‘Dang, I’m not just a father... I'm a father with important things to say, and other fathers should listen.’ What a great boost to his ego this experience gave him!"
“I am overjoyed with what I am receiving. My families here, with that first interview and article, they were just blown away. They were just totally floored. I am happy. Ecstatic! It has done wonders. I did have an increase in my male involvement. You have made my year because it has been such a struggle to get male engagement off the ground. Keep up the good work, Patrick." It's an outstanding program. You are doing a fantastic job with the Dads Matter! Project, and I just wish more and more agencies would become a part of your work. You are doing a service not only for the community, but for the world."
“It's very cost-effective. It’s good service, and you're using a very efficient way of bringing people in and empowering them to be part of the whole process. This project highlights the needs of fathers and helps create a support system for them.”
“I talked with Joshua Colon this morning and he was very excited about the interview and article. He asked me what I thought. I told him I was almost in tears of joy when I read it. He said he had shared it w/ his family.”
“To have someone like you call me and ask me these questions, that’s a good feeling. I’m not trying to be a great dad, but for someone to call you up and ask you about being a dad because they think you’re doing a good job, that’s a priceless feeling.”
I just found the stories about men in my situation to be really beneficial. Other guys in my situation, they go through the same things as me. It's encouraging to read the articles and it's just great."
"The centers/families/teacher/& directors have been SOO excited to receive these posters & see them posted at the front door of their locations!"