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The Mission of M.U.S.T.: to find responsible African American men in their early to mid 20s to help spring kids free from the hardest generational cycles of poverty through long-term mentoring.

M.U.S.T. believes the need of the hour in the urban core is positive male role models.  M.U.S.T. finds positive male role models in their early to mid twenties who grew up in difficult environments and who now want to go to get their higher education. They are paired for four years with youth who are in danger of dropping out of high school. M.U.S.T. realizes that, for some, it takes a few years to realize college might be the answer. 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!”

Social Venture Partner’s Fast Pitch

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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The Problem

In 2007 Johns Hopkins University released a groundbreaking study in which they coined the phrase “Dropout Factory.” The study revealed that more than 1 in 4 high school students were dropping out of high school. On average, each high school dropout cost the nation $292,000 (justice system, welfare, healthcare…etc).  Learn more >>>

A Solution

Careful studies have shown that quality mentored young people have fewer absences from school, better attitudes toward school, fewer incidents of hitting others, reductions in substance abuse and other high-risk behavior, better relations with peers, and more positive attitudes about helping others. Quality mentoring works! Learn more >>

The Cost

Getting a youth from dropping out of high school to graduating college is nearly a million dollar benefit to the U.S. economy.  Merely getting a youth to graduate high school benefits the U.S. more than $300,000.  Saving just one youth from dropping out of high school will more than pay for the M.U.S.T. mentoring program. Learn more >>