Last year, in the MADE For Our Youth pilot program, 10 young men and their parents/guardians committed to participate and be fully engaged, by signing an agreement. Over the weeks, the young men got involved in extra-curricular activities and received dedicated mentorship and tutoring. Together, with their mentors, the boys shared their fears, challenges and dreams. They also gave back to their communities through community service activities. At the end of the school year, all of the young men had improved their school attendance rates, become more dedicated and focused students and learned to DREAM BIGGER! Please help us to help more amazing Nashville youth.
Growing up in Nashville was a lot of fun…but I was also aware of the danger that loomed just around the corner…or just down the road. Of course, there was my Mom, but I also had older siblings that really looked after me in the streets and at school. They helped my Mom to keep me busy in sports. My family made sure I stayed out of trouble. As a preteen, I became involved in a fraternity mentorship program. Those men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. poured into my life and taught me about being a man and how to be successful. I thank God for my family and for mentorship. They made all the difference for me.
They also inspired me to do the same for the next generation. That’s why I started MADE For Our Youth. Now, I hope we can count on you to DONATE and help MADE For Our Youth provide some great Nashville kids with the hope and chance that they need to be the best they can be.
MADE For Our Youth, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, aims to help decrease the crime and violence in Nashville, Tennessee, through mentorship, education and exposure. All donations are tax-deductible.
- To be a faith-based, safe haven for teen-aged young men in Nashville, Tennessee
- To inspire, encourage, enlighten and guide Nashville youth to embrace their best selves and to strive towards success in every area of their lives
MISSION to provide…
- Unique Learning Experiences to address the different ways in which students learn and inspire a new and lasting love for learning
- Field Trips to expose youth to new experiences to expand their knowledge about the world and possibilities for their lives
- Group Chats to serve as informal counseling/therapy sessions that foster understanding, compassion, acceptance and healing, led by licensed professionals
- Group Outings to explore new interests and discover natural talents and abilities
- Community Service activities to form a deeper connection with the community, further develop compassion and strengthen hope and belief in the goodness of humanity
- MADE Youth Basketball League to offer organized and regular extra-curricular activities
- MADE Rites of Passage Ceremony for graduating seniors, who have been consistent participants and earned each token representing the MADE principles.
Founder Ty Wilson is a Dean of Students and state title-winning Head Basketball Coach of Maplewood High School in Nashville. He is also a product of and a success story out of the very community in which Maplewood High School exists. He attributes the path he took, that has led to his success, to God, a strong support network and diligent mentorship.