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Welcome to Dads Make a DifferenceTM, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization with both a national and international presence. Our Mission is to promote the positive involvement of fathers and to educate youth about responsible parenting.  We envision a future where society values and supports healthy male socialization and the important role of involved, responsible, and committed fathers in children's lives.

Our target audience is middle school-age youth, high school-age youth, young adults, and the teachers and other professionals who work with them.   Dads Make a Difference is the umbrella organization for two exciting curricula:

Learn about the importance of fathers in the lives of children, about planning for a healthy future as a responsible parent or mentor, about healthy relationships, and about the people who help share the important message of Dads Make a Difference.

Public Value Statement: Focusing on the role of fathers in raising children, Dads Make a Difference educates young men and women about the responsibilities of parenting and the challenges of parenting too soon.  Young people who understand parental responsibility are more likely to form strong families that are emotionally and financially secure.  These families are the backbone of productive, nurturing communities.

Dads Make a Difference supports comprehensive sexuality education and broad, inclusive, definitions of family.

Be There: Dads Matter, a DMAD Co-production with Twin Cities Public Television, click here for more info.

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“To become a father is to experience an infinite dependency on an infinitely small, frail being, dependent on us and therefore omnipotent over our heart.”

French theologian Louis Evely

A responsible father is ... "One that loves his child and gives them some of what they want and all of what they need."

Kauvicea, 7th grade student, Saint Paul, MN

"All of us have a stake in forging stronger bonds between fathers and their children."

President Barack Obama, June 17, 2012



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