Charles Clayton Daniels, Jr.
I grew up in Riverdale, Georgia. I went to Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 2009, I graduated with my Bachelor of Art in Political Science and a minor in Public Administration. From there, I headed to Boston to attend graduate school at Simmons College’s School of Social Work. In 2012, I graduated with my Master’s in Social Work and a certification in Urban Leadership.
Before starting Fathers’ Uplift, I was a Social Worker for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. After that I became a therapist for the Boston Public Commission in their Men’s Health and Recovery Program. I started Fathers’ Uplift because I really wanted to take my learnings about fatherhood and share them with other fathers to help them as they transition into fatherhood. I look to Patrick Patterson as a professional role model. He is an award winning motivational speaker, advocate and influencer of change for fathers, men, boys and families all over the world. Professionally, I am most proud of creating our new program at Fathers’ Uplift called Pre-Father Care: Prenatal Care for Fathers. It was designed to provide support to men who are transitioning into fatherhood at every phase of their pregnancy. Personally, I am most proud of my son, Clayton, who inspires me by all he has taught me since he was born.
If I could invite one person to dinner with my family, it would be Denzel Washington. His words of wisdom and energy are contagious. My favorite quote by him that I could use to describe my own life is “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship”.
When I’m not at Fathers’ Uplift, you can find me traveling with my wife, Samantha and our son, Clayton. And in between work and the traveling, I am definitely trying to fit in some rest!