Real Dads Network
- We are a non-profit organization that provides support and resources for fathers and families.
- We promote father involvement as critical for the development of healthy children.
- It is our belief that children do better, both developmentally and in attainment of life opportunities, when both parents are actively involved in the parenting process, regardless of the martial or living circumstances.
Real Dads Week
This is a celebratory week aimed at acknowledging and recognizing FATHERS and FATHER FIGURES who are exemplary role models and play such a vital role in the success of children.
Real Dads Network is the only organization in the country that celebrates fathers for a whole week. We started with Black Fathers Week in 2008, but moved to Real Dads Week to be more inclusive; but our focus is still black fathers.
Real Dads Club
RDC is a group of men who meet regularly to have conversations on personal development as we support each other in our relationships and raising our children. We also focus on how we can positively impact our communities.
We meet virtually every Thursday at 7:00 PM (EST).
Expressions of Black Fatherhood Exhibit
A virtual art exhibit showing positive black fathers as a multidisciplinary art form.
Featured Artists: Derick Cross (Curator), Cole Williams, Jim Hill, Ka-Son Reeves, Robyn Be Baxter, John Carlos Martin, Jimmy James Green, SmoothIvory 2, Elton Leonard Jr., Jamel Shabazz, Kheven Lagrone
***To get the full experience of this exhibition, we strongly recommend you view on a PC or Mac.
Real Dads Book Club
The purpose of the Real Dads Book Club is for fathers to model the behavior they want for their children. The best way to lead is by example.
The Book Club meets bi-monthly every last Thursday at 7:00 PM (EST), we meet virtually to discuss the book for that month.
Learn more about Our Book Club.
Register now to join the Real Dads Book Club.
RDN announces the 2023 Scholarship for graduating Black high school students. We are awarding two $1,000 scholarship for use during the 2023-2024 College school year for Black male and female. Students must demonstrate consistent strong leadership skills and meet the required eligibility criteria..
Real Dads Network Daddy Daughter Dance
The Daddy Daughter Dance is one of our signature events. We have been doing the dance for about a decade. The Daddy Daughter Dance is a celebration of that special relationship between fathers and their daughters. Our Dance is an elegant event that presents an opportunity for a father or father figure and his daughter (or daughters) to get dressed up, dance, have dinner, talk, laugh, be entertained and share a memorable evening together with other fathers and their daughters.
Tickets Together Program
Real Dads Network has partnered with Allan Houston, The Allan Houston Legacy Foundation and the New York Knicks to provide VIP experiences to NBA games to selected fathers or mentors and their child or mentee. The program is designed to strengthen those relationships and foster a positive environment for bonding.
Real Dads Vote Initiative
The purpose of this campaign is to get dads more civically engaged in the voting process and to educate fathers about the importance of voting, and not just in the Presidential elections, but the local elections as well.
The local elections have more of an impact on our daily lives than the presidential elections.
When you register, or you get your child to register using this link, please circle back to us to let us know that you did your part. Change starts with us.
Our Documentary: Real Dads-Black Men on Fatherhood
Real Dads-Black Men on Fatherhood (2000) is an award-winning 26-minute documentary that was co-produced and co-directed by Derek Phillips and Nikki Dees and had commentary by the late great Ossie Davis.
This was the FIRST documentary ever done that focused entirely on Positive Black Fathers.
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