PBS SoCal 2019 Community Spotlight Award Winning Organization
Building next generation leaders by encouraging father/ male engagement in education and community settings!
Our vision is to ensure that education systems acknowledge the importance of father/ male engagement by providing programs designed for fathers to play an active role in their child's education!
" My personal life goal is that children are equipped with the necessary resources to lead successful lives, by empowering fathers to play an active role in their child's academic development. Our mission is to support children and families who may not have access to high quality education, food, and other life essential resources. By building strong corporate and community partnerships is our way of leveling the playing field, so children who may feel "left out" or value themselves as "less than" are empowered to chase their dreams."
Donald P. Williams III
Founder/ Executive Director
MPA, Executive Non-Profit Management
B.S. Exercise Science
-Fatherhood Program Developer
-Father and Husband
My passion for father/ male engagement began when I moved back to Los Angeles, CA from Slidell, LA (after helping his family rebuild from Hurricane Katrina) to reconnect with my father. Being the eldest of 4 brothers helped me understand the importance of having a strong family unit. While working as a Male Engagement Coordinator for a local Head Start Program and reconnecting with my dad. That's where my passion met my purpose and lead us to start the D.A.D Project, so every child can build lasting relationships with their father.
I have over 10 years of experience as a Father Engagement Program Developer and founded the D.A.D Project to give fathers in Los Angeles County the opportunity to support their children's education. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, Minor in Chemistry from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State Long Beach.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share our vision on PBS Kids SoCal network, KPCC public radio station, I Heart Media Community Council, Moodie Mommies Podcast, KLIQ radio, and the Inglewood Newspaper. The D.A.D Project is the leading organization for father engagement and school readiness programming. We are currently subcontracted with First 5 LA to champion the Fatherhood initiatives for South Los Angeles. We also, provide consistent programming for the regions of Boyle Heights, East LA, Montebello, Compton, Broadway Manchester, West Athens and Slidell, Louisiana!
Providing opportunities for fathers/ father figures to play an active role in their child's education is our highest priority!