I started volunteering with DMAD when I was 15 years old back back in November of 2002. I was a you man who had no idea who his father was. After two years of learning/teaching the DMAD curriculum, I was encouraged enough to seek out my own father and ever since, I have had a great relationship with my father. I believe that if it weren't for DMAD, there is no way that I would have such a great relationship with the father's half of my family. nearly 8 years later, I am still very grateful for DMAD. Hopefully it is touching other young people the way that it touched me.
Dads make a Difference is a small but effective not for profit that truly serves a great purpose. They focus not only on the importance of dads but beyond that they focus on the importance of being an active parent. The power of the activities is its focus on education of young adults on the importance of active parents. This helps shape young adults decision making about when to become a parent and all the responsbility it entails.
DMAD is a very important part of my life. I was trained in 1994 as a student, after being inspired by the all of the positive aspects of the program I was asked to be a trainer. I have worked with DMAD since 1995 educating hundreds of young people about the imporatance of fater's in children's lives. I have seen the impact that it has made on young people and their choices about becoming a parent to young or being a better parent if they already had children. I have had students come up to me after the traning to let me know what a difference the program made in their lives. I would love to see the program continue and grow so it can reach even more young people who certainly need all the support and direction they can get in this difficult world we currently live in.
I have seen first-hand, many times over the excellent impact that Dads Make a Difference has in the lives of youth in Minnesota. The program brings into discussion difficult topics that can be dismissed in schools and families that are integral to the positive personal growth in young people. The curriculum is not static--it grows and changes with current issues, and the people involved are passionate and committed to its success.
The students were able to see things in a different perspective and they learned a lot. I also learned a lot and it has helped me become better at what I do as well.
I am impressed with Dads make a Difference focus on teaching youth that fathers play an important role in their children lives. Also teaching the importance of delaying parenting until one is emotionally and financially ready.
The experience teaching in the classrooms were like no other experience to date. Middle school and highschool students are more receptive to learning from their peers or aspiring peers moreso then learning from teachers. THe message resinates far easier this way.