The Real Dads® Network was created to help strengthen fathers and families.  It is our belief that children do better, both developmentally and in attainment of life opportunities, when both parents are actively involved in their parenting, regardless of the marital or living circumstances.  It is also our belief that healthy, functional black families create stronger communities and a stronger, more resilient society.


  • Recognize and promote positive aspects of fatherhood through all media
  • Provide fathers with a support system through connections to resources that empower them to be 'Real Dads': present, providers, protectors and peacemakers
  • Collaborate with organizations to create positive outcomes for fathers and their children
  • Advocate for shared parenting as the standard for public policy decisions


Create a culture where all fathers are actively involved in the parenting process, and are portrayed and viewed as exemplary role models by society



Derek Phillips, Founder and Executive Director,         is passionate about providing a social platform with relevant resources for today’s father to move beyond the crisis-driven perspective often portrayed in the media.  The Real Dads® Network is the outgrowth of the award winning documentary "Real Dads – Black Men on Fatherhood", which includes commentary by the late Ossie Davis and was directed by Derek Phillips and Nikki Dees.  A veteran community organizer and fatherhood activist, Derek’s been instrumental in the creation of the Fatherhood Summit, as well as featured on a number of other forums like BET’s "Black Men the Truth.", 98.7 Kiss FM’s "Open Line", Rev. Al Sharpton's "Hour of Power", etc.  At the helm of RDN since its 2004 founding, Derek, an Assistant Principal at Queens Academy High School in NYC, frequently facilitates workshops, conferences and summits to discuss fatherhood empowerment.

Kenneth R. AlexanderCommunity Liaison and Real Dads Club Facilitator, is a dedicated father who tries to make progress easier by being a channel for communication between other Dads and Fatherhood organizations.  He is a Dad that drives the Vehicle and delivers Enlightening,  Encouraging and Empowering life changing  information.  He is a conductor who transports positive imagery and negates and disqualifies negative rhetoric that media outlets portray.  Affiliated and Supported by Compatible Organizations such as Fathers First @The Akira Center Harlem, NY, Father's  For Progress @ Fatherhood  Training  Center, Bronx, NY, Bronx Father's  Taken Action @Bronx Borough President  Ruben Diaz  Jr.



  • Cited in the best-selling book, “I Got Your Back” by Eddie Levert, Sr. (2007)
  • NY Daily News "Spotlight on Great People" (2009)
  • New York State Assembly Proclamation (2010)
  • Concerned Women of Brooklyn, Inc. Humanitarian Award (2010)
  • Recognition in Congressional Record for Outstanding Service to Community (2010)
  • The President's Community Service Award (2011)
  • Seven Roses Legacy Foundation Beacon of Light Award (2011)
  • Fatherhood Leadership Award from White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2013)


  • Monthly Real Dads® News to online subscribers
  • Monthly Real Dads® Club meetings
  • Annual Daddy Daughter Dance (NY) and National Father Daughter Dance
  • Annual Celebration of Real Dads' Week
  • Annual Real Dads® Scholarship and Awards Dinner
  • Presentation of fatherhood workshops
  • Speaking engagements through various media and events