Youth Development

Dads Make A Difference

  • Stillwater, MN
  • www.dadsmakeadifference.org

Mission Statement

The Dads Make a Difference MISSION is to promote the positive involvement of fathers and to educate youth about responsible parenting. Our VALUES - DMAD recognizes the research that finds that positively involved fathers have an impact on the social, psychological, emotional, and physical well-being of their children and families, as well as on the health of communities. - DMAD believes young people who are engaged in research-based youth development programming like DMAD will build the skills, attitudes, knowledge, and experience that prepare them for the present and for the future. - DMAD believes communities have a responsibility to provide opportunities that empower both boys and girls with the information and skills they need to make responsible decisions about fathering and parenting. - DMAD believes that young people are positive resources capable of making significant contributions to their communities, and are essential to program implementation. - DMAD recognizes the research that finds that peer education training provides leadership skills development for youth. - DMAD respects all aspects of diversity among Minnesota families, and the different cultural norms regarding adolescent sexuality, pregnancy prevention, family formation, and parenting. - DMAD recognizes that its work is strengthened by collaboration and partnership and works with other organizations at the local, state, national, and international level.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. DMAD Peer Education Program

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Our primary service area is the state of Minnesota. While we don't have capacity to work outside of MN at this time, we have done some work nationally and internationally over the years and if approached by someone with funding we would be happy to collaborate.

ruling year

2006

Executive Director since 1996

Self-reported

Ms. Jan Hayne

Keywords

Self-reported

dads, fathers, parenting, youth development, peer education, service learning, paternity, comprehensive sexuality education

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Also Known As

DMAD

EIN

34-2060325

 Number

7831952151

Physical Address

PO Box 231

Stillwater, MN 55082

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (O11)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Dads Make a Difference PUBLIC VALUE STATEMENT - Focusing on the role of fathers 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 build strong families that are emotionally and financially secure.  These families are the backbone of productive, nurturing communities.

Dads Make a Difference OBJECTIVES are to:

1. Increase the awareness of how the positive involvement of fathers benefits children and families.
2. Increase understanding of how paternity is established and the benefits it provides for each family member.
3. Increase the critical thinking and decision-making skills of youth regarding sexual activity and parenting.
4. Increase planned-for parenting so young people do not become fathers and mothers until they are financially and emotionally prepared for parenting.
5. Build the capacity of young people and their communities to form healthy, stable families with involved parents.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The primary audience is middle school-age and high school-age youth, male and female, in Minnesota, with youth in juvenile detention facilities as secondary audiences. DMAD has also done some national (Massachusetts, Maryland, Oklahoma, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota) and international (Japan, Bahamas, Canada) outreach. Dads Make a Difference (DMAD) is a statewide organization that prepares young people to become caring, competent parents with the goal of preventing child abuse and other violence, increasing mental health, advancing school preparedness, and achieving academic success for future generations. DMAD builds the capacity of trained teen peer educators in local communities to focus the attention of youth on the personal, economic, and social impact of the decisions they make before becoming a parent. DMAD helps youth develop attitudes, behaviors, and skills vital to their social and emotional well-being and provides youth with knowledge and resources necessary for them to thrive and make successful transitions to adulthood and future parenthood. DMAD strives for the conscious application of positive youth development principles that value diversity and enhance the self-esteem and confidence of youth. DMAD provides important protective factors for youth including connections with caring adults, a way to develop their talents, honest and respectfully presented information, the opportunity to look at life planning, development of skills useful in a variety of life arenas, connection with an engaged community of young people, the chance to be a role model for younger youth, and a safe environment in which to learn and explore new concepts. DMAD reaches 4,000 youth and young adults in Minnesota each year through two age-appropriate curricula, Dads Make a Difference and The R Factor. DMAD utilizes high school teens trained as peer educators for middle school-age youth. The DMAD curriculum educates young males and females about the importance of both fathers and mothers being involved in a child's life. The curriculum increases critical thinking and decision-making skills of youth by helping them understand the choices, consequences, and social and economic factors that are all important in making decisions about sexual activity and parenting. The R Factor curriculum utilizes trained adults to reach young adults ages 16 to 20 and builds on the concepts in the DMAD curriculum with a focus on current research in fathering, resiliency, attachment, and change theory. Innovative simulations and activities engage young adults in positive relationship-building skills in order to plan for an intentional future as healthy individuals, partners, parents, or family members. The training and teaching goals are to increase male involvement in relationships, mentoring, fathering, and parenting; and provide opportunities to practice effective communication and collaboration skills. DMAD works at multiple levels across Minnesota to ensure: 1) the empowerment of individual youth so they feel they can make informed decisions about their future, parenting, and fathering; 2) that capacity is built within local communities so that youth and adults have the information and skills they need to take action on programs and policy related to fathering, parenting, and teen pregnancy; and, 3) that together with other organizations, DMAD can educate policymakers about the needs of teens related to fathering, paternity, too-early sexual involvement, and too-early pregnancy.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

DMAD Peer Education Program

DMAD is a unique program in the teen pregnancy prevention field in that it focuses on the importance of fathers and uses a youth-teaching-youth (peer education) delivery model. DMAD conducts at least two teen trainings per year, one in Southern Minnesota in October and one in the Twin Cities metro area in November. An additional training is sometimes held in February. All trainings are open to participants statewide. Newly trained teens along with previously trained teens, in their role as peer educators, then teach the DMAD curriculum to middle school-age youth in their local communities.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$89,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

Our primary service area is the state of Minnesota. While we don't have capacity to work outside of MN at this time, we have done some work nationally and internationally over the years and if approached by someone with funding we would be happy to collaborate.

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Funding Needs

General operating Funding for teen peer educator training Funding to add a second staff person Capacity-building for brand/promise, marketing, website development

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Operations

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Dads Make A Difference

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Jan Hayne

BIO

Jan Hayne serves as a liaison between Dads Make a Difference and schools and community agencies statewide to increase the organization's effectiveness in reaching youth. In this capacity, she establishes relationships with staff and teens, conducts needs assessments to eliminate barriers to participation, addresses specific cultural needs, negotiates contacts between sites, and supports program delivery by serving as a consultant. Jan also coordinates teen trainings, trains teen peer educators, and does numerous presentations and workshops. Prior to joining the "Dads" staff, Jan worked in the areas of youth service, service-learning, parent education, and after-school and summer programs. Jan has a Bachelor of Science in Youth Studies and a Master of Arts in Family Education from the University of Minnesota. Her thesis looked at knowledge, attitude and behavior changes in Dads Make a Difference teen trainers.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Dads Make a Difference educates teens (boys and girls) about the importance of positively involved fathers, about the responsibilities of parenting, about healthy relationships, and about the challenges of too-early parenting, then empowers teens as peer educators of younger youth to help build the foundation for healthy masculinity, respectful relationships, and financially stable, self-reliant families of the future. We appreciate your support of this important work.
"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Steve Katz

Retired - MN DHS

Term: June 2009 - June 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Roughly half of the young people involved in our peer education program are youth of color. When our board was larger we had more diversity male/female and ethnicity.