Mentoring Model


MUST provides a Coach for mentors to help them navigate life, school, relationships, and being a good mentor. The mentors 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!”

MUST has found a solution that is helping the most underserved black males graduate high school and lead successful lives.

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Working men in the community who volunteer to coach the Mentors while they are a mentor for M.U.S.T. Coaches and Mentors meet together twice a month during the school year. Coaches help Mentors navigate life, school, career, and being a good Mentor.

illustration of mentor with youth mentee


Black males are paid for four years to mentor high school students who are in genuine danger of dropping out. Mentors get the support they need to persist in college or a career and youth get a positive male role model to look up to.

Over the four years they are together, youth and Mentor talk about the 8 Things that Make a Man. The hole MUST is most often trying to fill is the lack of a positive male role model at home. 8 Things that Make a Man provides a framework for youth and Mentor to talk and learn what it means to be a man.

Youth and Mentor also talk about The Sinister Seven. These are the seven most common things that tend to bring kids down.

illustration of coach and mentor with mentee graduate

High School Youth

Black male high school youth in danger of dropping out of high school. Youth get a family of Black peers and near-peers over a four year period to help them succeed.

Because MUST is serving the youth who need the most help it needs to be a four-year mentoring program. It takes a year just to earn a youth’s trust. By years three and four MUST has a strong voice in the life of the youth. 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!”

Why mentoring?

A Gates Foundation study, "The Role of Risk",  reported that quality mentoring reduces depression, increases acceptance by peers, and improves grades. Long term mentoring helps with attendance, reduces substance abuse, and deviant behavior in school.**

There are also financial benefits to mentorship. Another study, "The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth", shows that there are more than 6 million high school dropouts and underemployed youth (age 16-24) in America and each one costs society more than $600,000 over the course of their lifetime. And they pass the same patterns on to their children, continuing the cycle.