Watch Parties Planned To Promote VH1 Dad Camp Discourse



VH1 is teaming with the National Fatherhood Leaders Group for an initiative inspired by President Obama’s National Conversation on Responsible Fatherhood based around the upcoming series VH1 Dad Camp (premiering Monday, May 31 at 10:30/9:30c). Info is in the press release below.

The National Fatherhood Leaders Group (NFLG), a consortium of the leading fatherhood organizations in the U.S., is teaming up with VH1 on the premiere of the television network’s upcoming original series Dad Camp, which focuses on encouraging responsible fatherhood, featuring licensed psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere.

The partners’ goal is to generate awareness and discussion around the importance of fathers in children’s lives. The cornerstone of the collaboration is the promotion of national “Watch Parties” for the series premiere on Monday, May 31 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on VH1. Participating fatherhood groups are now mobilizing their constituents and asking them to create and promote local viewing events tied to the premiere to spark discussion around the country about responsible fatherhood and the challenges that young men face today

The National Fatherhood Leaders Group members include:

• Center for Urban Families
• Celebrate Dads
• National Center for Fathering
• National Center on Fathers and Families
• National Fatherhood Initiative
• National Partnership for Community Leadership
• Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being
• Brookings Institute
• National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute
• Fathers Incorporated

In the series VH1 Dad Camp, licensed psychologist and no-nonsense therapist Dr. Jeff Gardere works with six fathers-to-be, along with their pregnant girlfriends, to help prepare the young men for fatherhood – a responsibility that they’re just not ready for yet. Throughout the course of the series, the young fathers will face the inevitable truth: A baby is coming soon, whether they like it or not. Through parenting classes, personal challenges around responsibility, and intense couples and group therapy sessions, each couple will learn the importance of selflessness and the commitment they must make to their unborn child. VH1 Dad Camp is produced by 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA, producers of the hit television series The Biggest Loser.

In addition, the National Fatherhood Leaders Group has developed a discussion guide to help facilitate conversations about the issues brought up in the show, including the economic and emotional demands of being a parent. The guide can be found on all of the partners’ web sites, as well as “20 Reasons Why A Child Needs An Active Father In Their Life,” which provide research findings that support the needs for young fathers to embrace parenthood. The sites will also feature resource pages, linking readers directly to information, advice and support regarding responsible fatherhood. VH1s Dad Camp site is at

“We were inspired last year by President Obama’s words to young men reminding them that fatherhood doesn’t end at conception. Being a parent, whether you’re ready for it or not, is a major issue that many of our young adult VH1 viewers face,” said Tom Calderone, President, VH1. “We so appreciate the dedicated and resourceful members of the National Fatherhood Leaders Group and thank them all for helping to amplify the message behind VH1 Dad Camp – that it really takes two committed parents to successfully fulfill a child’s potential.”

“Our organizations’ efforts are motivated by the national conversation that President Obama started about the necessity of responsible fatherhood in our society,” said Dr. Jeffery Johnson, Vice Chairman of the National Fatherhood Leaders Group and President and CEO of the National Partnership for Community Leadership. “To us, VH1 Dad Camp illustrates the challenges that many young fathers face today and helps provide ideas for some solutions. We’re happy to elevate this issue and create dialogue around it across the country.”

The National Fatherhood Leaders Group is a coalition of national and community-based fatherhood organizations and allied groups. Our mission is to raise awareness of the importance of two involved parents in the lives of children and to strengthen the capacity of the responsible fatherhood field. We seek to help children by helping their parents build strong families. Almost 40 percent of children in the United States are born to unmarried parents, and often both parents have low incomes. Many children who grow up without their fathers struggle and are vulnerable to a number of negative risk factors. The public costs of father absence on children are substantial, including poverty, low academic achievement, juvenile delinquency, and early pregnancy.

Dr. Jeff Gardere, better known as America’s Psychologist, is one of the most widely sought-after experts in the field of parenting and relationships. Dr. Jeff obtained a doctorate in philosophy and psychology at George Washington University and became a chief psychologist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
He later founded a clinical practice in Manhattan focusing on the mental health needs of families. In addition to his private practice, he has garnered a reputation as being a top motivational and keynote speaker, and empowerment and media coach. Dr. Jeff has authored several books, including his controversial book, Love Prescription. He is also the co-author of Practical Parenting with Montel Williams. Dr. Jeff’s first book, Smart Parenting for African-Americans: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Difficult World has been lauded as being “necessary for raising African-American children in today’s society.” Dr. Jeff is also a monthly columnist for Sister 2 Sister Magazine.

Related content
VH1 Dad Camp show page
The Dad Camp Discussion Guide

  1. G Chavez says:

    Please do not ever cancel this The Dad Camp show. There are at least a million dead beat dads, in this world and counting……
    This is one of the best shows since, America’s Most Wanted and is a definite contribute to society. Great work, guys!

  2. Calvin Mann says:

    We want to help with the dads who make it. by offering our signature shirt when the complete the mission of Dr. Jeff.

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  4. Teri says:

    Watched the first show and so glad these boys went throw this. They now need one for husbands who just don’t get it! And I have to say it, but finally we made it on TV, even if it was just our baby Doppler!!!! Forgot where the thing was. Can’t wait to watch more and see how everyone does even though I am mainly there for Elliott and Tiffany and baby Cash!

  5. sarah ilovic says:

    hi my name is Sarah i am 20 years old and my boyfriend is Christian and hes 25 years old. my boyfriend and i have a 10 month old daughter. he is hardly ever around. he doesn’t help take care of her often. he doesn’t support us money wise its all out of my pocket. on Christmas he got her nothing, but i bought her gifts and his name was on it. her birthday is comming up and i am afriad he will do the same thing. he wants to be her daddy and be in her life but he doesn’t act like a father figure. his parents got devorced when he was 10 i think that has alot to do with it. hes a great person and i love him but are relationship is struggling. i really think he would do really well if he was sent to dad camp.

  6. Alondra says:

    The guys are so sweet and should be luck that those girls love them you guys are so luck that to have those girls that like you they all make a cute couples all together.
    CUTE COUPLES <3 I hope that they get married. Good Luck:)

  7. bio-robot says:

    Greetings to all! Mankind are programmed creatures and are bio-machines given that all models of psyche are described within the Catalog of human population.