NYC Dads Matter Awards

The Mayor's Citywide Fatherhood Initiative champions the message that dads matter.

This July the Initiative will present the Fifth Annual NYC Dads Matter Awards. The event will promote the importance of responsible fatherhood by recognizing 10 fathers from across the City who overcame challenges to become positive and consistent forces in the lives of their children. The event will also celebrate the four year anniversary of the launch of the Mayor's Fatherhood Initiative, highlight the City's progress in making our agencies "father friendly" and help create memorable moments between fathers and their children.

This will be one of many opportunities to show that, despite the crisis of father absence facing communities across the country, NYC Dads show up every day and are present and active in the lives of their child and communities.

Nominate a Dad today!

Do you know a great dad who resides in the five borough of New York City? Do you know a dad who has overcome the odds to play a positive and powerful role in the life of his child and his community? Do you know a dad who proves the point that NYC Dads Matter?

If so, please nominate him today! A selection committee comprised of community and government leaders will review the nominations and select 10 honorees to receive their awards in June.

Nomination Forms and Essays are due Friday, June 10, 2016.

To nominate an exceptional dad, complete the attached nomination form and type a three paragraph essay telling us how you know the potential honoree, the qualities that make him an exemplary father, and why you think he deserves a NYC Dads Matter Award. All nominees must be a father who actively participates in the life of his child, giving their health and welfare top priority.

Please note that nominations are open to the public and posthumous awards will not be given.

Email completed nomination form and three paragraph essay to: or fax to 212-312-0789

For more information, please visit or call 311, just mention NYCDADS.

Your nominee(s) should not have any history of domestic violence, spousal abuse, child abuse or parental neglect and be current in child support payments and arrears, providing financial and emotional support his child.