M.A.D.E. Program

Men Act Differently Educated

“Whenever my condition was improved, instead of it increasing my contentment, It only increased my desire to be free.”

-Frederick Douglas


We understand the power of knowledge and thrive to strengthen our youth mentally, physically and emotionally to ensure a better tomorrow.-


We lean heavily on the African-American proverb “Each One, Teach One” to grow not only as an organization but as a nationwide community.


We lead by example to signify a way of life that has been misrepresented and socially devalued over time.


We equip each individual with the essential skills necessary to not only succeed but also advance as prominent figures within their communities.


The M.A.D.E curriculum incorporates holistic, intergenerational, and asset-based mentoring practices to encourage community involvement, intensive self reflection, positive critical thinking habits, and self- accountability amongst the young men it serves.

The curriculum covers a 4 week schedule designed to help teenage boys cope with typical problems and issues at home and school and bring awareness and intention to the important choices all boys face in their adolescent development.

Each meeting begins with a check-in round. A mentor models the check-in by sharing his teenage experience on that week’s topic. One of the most important tenets of MADE is the mentor does not teach, lecture or tell boys what to do. He just tells his story and talks about the feelings he had when he was a teenager, the mistakes he made, the lessons he learned and the long-term consequences of his actions.

This approach gives the boys permission to tell the truth about the challenges all teenage boys face, make their own decisions on how to deal with those challenges, and begin to take responsibility for their choices and the consequences of their actions.

Discussion topics include:

  • What is your dream? What are you doing or not doing to achieve that dream?
  • What kind of man do you want to be, what will you need to do to become that man?
  • What are you afraid of?
  • How does peer pressure affect you?
  • What are you most proud of and least proud of?
  • Have you ever been bullied or been the bully?

Every weekend, groups participate in a fun, physical activity like dodgeball, touch football or basketball. At the 3rd week of group meetings, the boys are invited to attend the Adventure Mountain Weekend. This powerful weekend experience further deepens on the trust and connections between boys and their mentors.

Additional program elements include community service projects, fishing trips, football games, campouts, and leadership development weekends.


Potential mentors are interviewed and carefully screened, must pass a background check and LIVESCAN, and fulfill any additional school district background check requirements.

All mentors are required to attend a mentor orientation and receive ongoing feedback and training from MADE staff before and after every weekly session.

The group mentoring model allows MADE staff to monitor and evaluate the mentor’s interactions with the boys. All facilitators are trained to spot signs of predatory behavior. We frequently discuss predatory behavior at group sessions and instruct boys and mentors to immediately report ANY concerns or inappropriate behaviors to staff.

Every meeting has at least one MADE staff member present. In addition, all staff members are mandated reporters and work directly with the school partner to address any safety concerns that may arise.