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

Real Dad Team


Derek Phillips

Founder & Executive Director

Derek Phillips, Founder and Executive Director, is passionate about providing a social platform w....


Kenneth R. Alexander

Community Liaison and Real Dads Club Facilitator

Kenneth R. Alexander, Community Liaison and Real Dads Club Facilitator, is a dedicated father who....


  • 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