Core Programs and Initiatives
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (TEAM MAC) is Making A Change Group’s youth development program. Using The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets for children and youth, Team MAC focuses on building resiliency. Through Team MAC, participants discover who they are, cultivate the skills that need to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to their community. The goal is to provide program participants with relationships and real-world experiences that they would otherwise not be exposed to, with the parallel intent of dissuading them from participating in crime, drugs, and violence.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT (TEAM MAC)
CONNECTED FAMILIES was created to engage and educate families of the youth who participate in Team MAC. The goal is to provide a system of consistent support and community resources that will aid each family unit. Through this initiative, families are provided with external supports as well as programming focused on personal development, adult education, training, counseling, and activities to benefit the overall wellbeing of each household. Prior to the onset of COVID -19, Connected Families also featured monthly community dinners, which facilitated the meeting of health, wellness, and nutrition needs.
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 is a new program MACG is developing that will launch at the beginning of November 2020. Melding many aspects of its Team MAC and Connected Families initiatives, Connected Visions is designed to support families (adults and children ages 8 and older) as they envision and work toward achieving goals they establish for themselves – with the hope of addressing trauma, breaking cycles of poverty and achieving healthier lives as individuals and household units. Designed (at any point in time) for thirty-five (35) low- to moderate-income households and supported via a Community Development Block Grant from Delaware County, this program will offer more intensive engagement via case management that will include needs assessment and goal planning as well as access to a series of workshops focusing on such topics as:
Career and workforce development