Fathers’ Uplift works to assist fathers in overcoming barriers (financial barriers, addiction barriers, oppressive barriers, emotional barriers and traumatic barriers) that prevent them from remaining engaged in their children’s lives. Fathers have a powerful and positive impact upon the development and health of children. Fathers' Uplift is here to help each father reach their potential for themselves and the children in their lives. We uplift fathers and strengthen families nationwide through service, love, and encouragement.
Fathers’ Uplift aims to:
- Provides fathers with a safe space to spend time with their children in a stress free setting.
- Support agencies in developing creative ways to increase male engagement and create a father friendly environment.
- Address fathers’ concerns about poverty and the importance of their roles in the life of their family through supportive groups, psycho-educational support, and professional development that promote self-advocacy.
- Engage in research and advocacy that render solutions on ways to engage fathers in the lives of their children.
- Celebrate fathers and encourage others to do so.
Everyone has the potential to be a good parent. Emotional scars and systemic oppression, however, diminishes that potential. And we protect ourselves the best way we know how. Often times, we see fathers, remaining disengaged. Our uplifting duty requires us to pick our fathers up from the pits of despair and assist them in regaining every ounce of confidence they possessed before they encountered these barriers. We are obligated to help fathers overcome. We pride ourselves on being servants.
Meet our CEO and Founder
Charles Clayton Daniels, Jr.
Leadership, Staff, Board
As a child, Charles Daniels, CEO and founder of Fathers’ Uplift witnessed his mother’s struggles as a single parent. But when Charles thinks about his own absent father, he takes an unexpected approach: he considers the things his father was going through that prevented him from remaining active in his life and considers what might have been different had his father had support in navigating those challenges. So Charles founded and works tirelessly to build Fathers' Uplift.
Charles is tirelessly motivated to identify the problems that are preventing men from being in their children's lives and finding powerful, sustainable ways to help fathers work through those problems in order to re-engage and remain engaged. Charles is inspired by these wise words, from his mentor, Dr. Anthony Owens from Daytona Beach, Florida: "Don’t let your negative determine your future—keep pushing."
This is the same message Fathers’ Uplift relays to and makes real for fathers in low-income communities in the Greater Boston area.
Charles holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bethune-Cookman University and a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from the Simmons School of Social Work. Charles’s wife recently gave birth to a baby boy, Clayton Charles Daniels. Charles is a proud a father and husband with a mission that is deeply rooted in love.