The Dovetail Project’s innovative solution is a one-of-a-kind curriculum-based program that provides young men with tools, skills and support to be better fathers to their children. Small cohorts of young African American fathers and expectant fathers, ages 17 to 24, immerse themselves for three months in an intensive curriculum of parenting skills, life skills, job skills and felony street law. Through instruction from program facilitators, peer-to-peer discussions, and guest speakers, they address the challenges and opportunities of fatherhood in a rigorous but supportive environment with high expectations and access to resources. Through partner initiatives, they enroll in a GED or trade program, and/or receive job training through one of Dovetail’s partner employers. They are honored with a graduation ceremony at the program’s end, and go on to complete their GED/trade programs and/or receive an employment offer and maintain a strong, supportive presence in their children’s lives. Their children then have a stronger sense of self, purpose, and belonging, because their father is actively engaged and invested in their well-being.