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Facebook Announce Their Communities Leadership Program and Guess What?

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By Al Ferguson

Al Ferguson is the CEO and founder of The Dadsnet.

Published on 24/09/2018

We all know that Facebook is one of the greatest and most powerful internet giants on the face of the planet. We also know the original purpose of Facebook was to bring people together; a vision that has transformed the way our world now operates. 

Well, now they’re helping us do exactly that too! 

Facebook has launched a brand new, global, initiative called the Facebook Community Leadership Program (FCLP), that will give over 100 participants from all around the world the support, tools, and funding to build bigger & better communities.

And we’ve got some amazing news to share with you. 

TheDadsnet has been selected as 1 of the 100 participants!


We can’t quite believe it ourselves, to be honest. Facebook had 6,000 applications from over 100 countries around the globe and yet we got chosen.

You don’t get a bigger pat on the back than the mighty Facebook choosing you out of the thousands of communities using their platform, as something they recognise as extremely valuable.

Valuable enough to pour their resources into.

But what does this mean? 

Well, in the short term, it will mean that we’ll get guidance, advice & support to run and develop TheDadsnet. This will be through a number of ways including some time at Facebook HQ in San Fransisco to work with and learn from the gurus themselves.

In the long term, and ultimately, it will mean we can reach and support more dads. And that’s what this is all about; supporting fathers through the life-transforming journey of fatherhood and all that it encompasses.

It’s not often I stop to celebrate the many moments of success we’ve had along our journey so far, just ask Jen, but when we heard that we’d been accepted into this program from all the incredible communities out there, I was completely overwhelmed.

This achievement isn’t about myself and Jen; rather, it’s about the many dads involved in various ways. It’s a credit to the dedicated team of admins that look after the closed network, the local community leaders who are on the front line of connecting dads in person and of course, the thousands of dads that are part of our community. 

The achievement is our greatest to date and we are excited to see where it launches us to next. We’ll obviously share much more with you as and when, but to finish, I’d like to say thank you for being part of this so far and invite you to grab a drink (of anything) and join us this evening in toasting TheDadsnet; what a wonderful community of Dads it is.


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  1. Deano Austin

    Amazing!! Well done team???? The future looks big for dadsnet??

  2. Kirren Summers

    Excellent news. Well done all of us and particularly Al

  3. Peter

    Awesome news! Well deserved. The group is fantastic and this will help reach more Dads!

  4. Luke Greer

    Fantastic!! That’s epic!!

  5. Daniel Grosvenor

    Amazing dude!! So excited for where this can all go and the guys we can reach!!

  6. Gavin Watson

    Fantastic news indeed. Onwards and upwards for the Dadsnet.

  7. Stewart MacLeod

    This is amazing, what an achievement, so excited for you guys and the dadnet to see where this ends up.

  8. Jamie Beags

    Awesome! Well done Al and family! Xx

  9. michael

    Well done Al. Thanks for making the TDN so inclusive. It’s great to be part of a movement and change how Dad’s see themselves and help each other. Keep being brilliant.

  10. Rhys32

    Amazing news. Exciting to see where this develops down the line. Great job ??

  11. Shey

    Bloody amazing! And very well deserved!

  12. John Francis

    Congratulations – this is great news for DADS everywhere!

  13. Dan

    Awesome AJ. Just keeps getting bigger and better!!

  14. Mike Towers

    Congratulations Al for being the rockstar who holds us all together, and to every dad who’s ever contributed to Dadsnet, whether you were offering or receiving support, as it all shows our worth. Let’s keep it up for our kids!

  15. David

    well done- a great opportunity to reach even more Dads

  16. Adam

    Awesome. Wonder if you can get Mr Facebook himself Mark Zuckerberg to join if you get to meet him at the HQ.

  17. R.C. Liley

    That’s awesome, Al and team, well deserved!

  18. Duncan

    Awesome well done. You’ll love FB hq it’s beautiful and amazing

  19. Greg

    This is amazing news
    Well done Al and family
    Also big shout out to the whole community

  20. Ben

    Fully deserved, well done all of you!

  21. Ben

    Congratulations. That is indeed A Very Big Deal. More power to you, Al and Jen.

  22. Jenny Barrett

    Wow! Wow! WOW!!! That is AMAZING- you two really are an inspiration. I know you ve had many devastating times over the past few years, but somehow you be been able to contour making all of this happen through it all!! Incredible, congratulations ??????

  23. Moshiur Rahman

    My dear great Razib Ahmed sir selected as a community leader so I am very happy.

  24. Dr. Mary Cantu, Ed.D.

    My application initiative indicated helping an array of children 18 to 26 to succeed in the real world. However, as seen from this application, I was not selected; instead I get a complimentary package from Facebook consisting of a pen Journal and slip lock pouch.

  25. mohamed omar

    Please inquire
    I received a blue card written in it
    you have put into applying for the facebook
    Community Leadership Programme

    What does this mean
    Have you become a program
    And what should I do next?


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