M.A.N.U.P. engages under-served teen leaders by providing them with compassionate adult mentors, increased access to community resources, and interactive employment and life skills training. We cultivate the social and emotional development of the youth we serve, thereby ensuring they are resilient, healthy, and contributing community members.
M.A.N.U.P. began in 2009 with seven Howard University students that decided to make a positive impact on the lives of youth living in under-served communities throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The intent of the organization has remained the same: to develop the next generation of successful leaders by teaching the importance of education, social responsibility, self-empowerment and economic awareness. Fueled by this passion, M.A.N.U.P. is in its ninth year of providing services and has already been featured by Washington Post, Takoma TV, Takoma Newsletter, and more for our innovative work. We have provided youth development programs and mentoring support to more than 300 youth and the programs continue to expand. In addition, we have also engaged nearly 100 young men across the D.C. Metro area by way of our MANUP Basketball Program. Lastly, we have partnered with more than 50 community based nonprofits and government agencies in the support of meeting our mission.