Core Programs and Initiatives

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (TEAM MAC) is Making a Change Group’s youth development program. We provide program participants with relationships and real-world experiences as well as educational workshops and other resources that they would otherwise not have access to. Using the lens of the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets for youth, Team MAC supports participants in cultivating the skills needed to shape their own lives and learn how to engage with and contribute to their community. 





​CONNECTED COMMUNITIES builds partnerships with other social-service organizations, schools, businesses, government officials and individuals that foster community-wide outreach, resource development and action. One of the most impactful initiatives within the Connected Communities program is a daily, live broadcast hosted on FaceBook. This broadcast covers a wide range of topics on Mondays and Fridays, sponsors Wellness Wednesdays, and offers Queens Mentoring Queens/Kings Mentoring Kings for youth on Tuesdays and Thursdays. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic this Spring and Summer,
MAC stepped up via Connected Communities to provide food and other vital supplies to families in need, sponsored a violence-prevention initiative for youth (V-PRYDE) and supported trash remediation efforts.

CONNECTED VISIONS  Via its Team MAC initiatives, MACG came to understand that engaging with youth without addressing larger issues associated with their environment misses opportunities to positively impact their health/wellbeing.  As a result, MACG developed Connected Visions, which offers direct services to youth as well as the adults in households in which the youth reside.  Designed (at any point in time) for thirty-five (35) low- to moderate-income households and supported in large part via a Community Development Block Grant from Delaware County, this program offers intensive engagement via case management (that includes needs assessment and goal planning) and access to workshops focusing on such topics as:​

  • Social-emotional skill-building

  • Career and workforce development

  • Healthy living

  • Budgeting

  • Communication

  • Emotional Wellbeing

Our goal is to support families as they address trauma, break cycles of poverty and achieve healthier lives as individuals and household units.