PBS SoCal 2019 Community Spotlight Award Winning Organization
How It All Began
We began by developing and coordinating father/ male engagement programs for head start and early head start programs which support the Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. Due to the overwhelming statistics, negative effects of fatherless homes and the needs of the community; we founded the D.A.D Project so every child development center, public/ charter school, and community center can provide services for fathers and their children. What we've learned with over 10 years of education work experience is that fathers/ male role models will go above and beyond for their children. We offer safe spaces and comprehensive programming to give fathers the opportunity to develop skills necessary to support their children's academic development. Our programs consist of workshops, training's, and events designed specifically for fathers, uncles, grandparents, and influential male role models to play an active role in their child's education.
Donald P. Williams III
B.S. Exercise Science
Family Development Credential Cornell
Father Engagement Program Specialist
Donald's passion for father/ male engagement began when he moved back to Los Angeles, CA from Slidell, LA (after helping his family rebuild from Hurricane Katrina) to reconnect with his father. Being the eldest of 4 brothers helped Donald understand the importance of having a strong family unit. While working as a Male Engagement Coordinator for a local Head Start Program and building his relationship with his dad. That's where his passion met his purpose and lead us to start the D.A.D Project, so every child can build lasting relationships with their father. Donald has 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 pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration from California State Long Beach.
I've had 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, Cudahy, USC Head Start, Compton, Broadway Manchester, West Athens and Slidell, Lousiana!
Family Development Credential Cornell
Father Engagement Specialist
Daniel's passion for father/ male engagement began when he had his daughter Faith. Being a single father has changed his life forever. Considering he is the eldest of 3 brothers, and seeing how involved his mother was in his life. He knew early on that being a father would be his ultimate responsibility. Already working in the school district with after school programs, and then assisting Donald at the Head Start program is where the D.A.D Project was born. As Founder of the D.A.D Project his passion for fathers and families is unmatched, serving communities and sharing his passion for fatherhood is what makes the D.A.D Project unique! Now with 2 daughters Faith(10) and Dahlia (9 months) my goal is that my daughters always know that D.A.D is available and setting a positive example for them is my greatest accomplishment!
Outreach and Engagement Specialist
In September of 2014, my dad passed away from complications due to heart disease. Losing my father was very difficult for me and still is. I was depressed and stuck in a dark place for after receiving my Bachelors Degree from Southeastern Louisiana. I knew had to do something to get out of my comfort zone, so I decided to make a big change in my life. That’s when I made the decision to move to California and pursue a career in personal health and fitness coaching. I originally moved to the Bay Area and was working for a fitness company in order to learn the ins and outs of the industry. With no family and only a few new friends I had made in the bay I started to feel unfulfilled. Donald Williams, who was living down in LA, happened to call me up one day as he was passing through San Francisco with his nonprofit D.A.D Project. After talking with him for a few minutes I knew I needed to move down to Los Angeles and become a part of his organization. For the past 2 years I have dedicated my focus to helping children have a positive male role model in their life, just like my father was for me.
"We are here to father the fatherless"
My passion for father engagement began as a little girl! My dad was very influential my life. I will always remember the valuable time he spent teaching me and always making himself available for me and my sister. I can remember him dropping us off and picking us up from school, and at times he would surprise and have lunch with us at the school. One thing that is for sure is that I am definitely a daddy's girl. Since we started the D.A.D Project I am able to use the skills I have learned as a Office Manager, head start Parent and Family Specialist to ensure that we are providing quality services to our collaborative partners and families who participate in our programs. The D.A.D Project is truly changing my life and being a mother to our son gives me a greater appreciation for the important role fathers and positive male role models have in the lives of their children.
Providing opportunities for fathers/ father figures to play an active role in their child's education is our highest priority!
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 opportunities for fathers to play an active role in their child's education!