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The Mission of M.U.S.T.: to find responsible African American men in college to help spring kids free from the hardest generational cycles of poverty through long-term paid mentoring.

M.U.S.T. believes the need of the hour in the urban core is positive relatable male role models.  M.U.S.T. finds and hires positive black male role models who are in college to mentor black male youth who are truly vulnerable to dropping out of high school. MUST provides a ‘Coach’ for the college students to help them navigate life, college and being a mentor. The college students then mentor the youth all four years of high school. Mentors get the help they need to finish their higher education and youth get a positive male role model who grew up in a similar environment to themselves. Youth begin to think… “He comes from the same place I do. If he can do it… so can I!”

The MUST Mentoring Model

MUST works with middle school counselors to identify 8th grade black male youth who are most vulnerable to dropping out of high school. At the end of their 8th grade year they are admitted to the MUST mentoring program.

The MUST mentoring model has three tiers: Coaches, Mentors and Youth. MUST is unique because we pay our mentors and we serve both our youth and our mentors equally. 

Coaches: Successful working men in the community who volunteer to coach the Mentors while they are in college. They help them navigate life, school and being a good mentor. 

Mentors: Black male college students are paid for four years to mentor high school students who are most vulnerable to dropping out. Mentors get the support they need to persist in college and youth get a positive male role model to look up to. 

High School Youth: Black high school youth who are most vulnerable to dropping out of high school are part of a family of black peers and black near-peers to help them succeed. The younger guys watch their older mentors for four years and begin to think… “He comes from the same place I do. If he can do it… so can I!” 

High school graduates receive a volunteer Coach to support them for two years after high school. The Coach helps them as they transition to either a career, college and possibly becoming a mentor for MUST.

5 Minute Award Winning Summary of MUST

MUST made it to the finals of Social Venture Partner’s (SVP) prestigious Fast Pitch competition. Rick presented his 5 minute pitch to an audience of 1,000 people. MUST took home three awards, which was the first time that has happened in the history of the contest.

 

 

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What the Community Says

MUST mentors, youth, guardians and community members were asked to pick one word that describes MUST. The feedback was revealing!

Mentors: Transformative, Real, Passionate, Inspiring, Intentional, Caring, Love

MUST Youth: Family, Everything, Fun, Amazing, Cool, Opportunity, Caring Amazing, Family, Loyalty Brotherhood, Fun, Family, Opportunity

Families: Indebted, Incredible, Dedication, Support, Strength 

Community Agencies: Smart, Committed, Committed, Relationship, Accessibility, Necessity, Committed

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