WHO ARE MAD DADS?
The MAD DADS Organization...
MAD DADS is an acronym for Men Against Destruction-Defending Against Drugs and Social-Disorder. MAD DADS, INC. was founded in May of 1989 by a group of concerned Omaha, Nebraska parents who were fed up with gang violence and the unmolested flow of illegal drugs in our community.
We present ourselves as positive role models and concerned loving parents who are a visible presence in our neighborhoods against the negative forces destroying our children, our families and cities. We started out of pain -- the pain of our children dying in the streets of their own communities. We were -- and still are -- tired of looking into the eyes of hollow youth who lacked hope, and who had ceased to dream. We realized that we could hold no one responsible for this but ourselves: we allowed it to happen. So we united as a handful of community fathers who now know that WE MUST BE THE FORCE BEHIND THE CHANGE.
Continuing to Grow
The National Headquarters and the founding chapter was located in Omaha, Nebraska until 2002. Over the years, the National office has been located with the current President, in Jacksonville, FL, Alexandria, VA, and Minneapolis, MN. As of December 2020, the Headquarters are located in Pittsburgh, PA.
As the founding Chapter of community fathers and concerned men, the "Omaha Model" provided the following activities as examples for newly forming Chapters across the country and around the world:
Weekend Street Patrols within troubled areas that report crime, drug sales and other destructive activities to the proper authorities; painting over gang graffiti and challenging the behavior of drug dealers and gang members.
Positive Community Activities for youth, such as block parties, rallies, night parades and car shows.
Chaperon's at community events and act as surrogate fathers to youth at non-traditional times and locations.
Visits to local jails and prisons to counsel and encourage.
Violence Reduction programs.
A non-traditional, 12 week, Rites of Passage program called SANKOFA for boys and girls of any ethnicity, aged 6-25.
Street Patrols: MAD DADS' signature program that is mandatory for every Chapter to locally develop and tailor to their local needs.