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Young Men Rising (YMR)

Young Men Rising (YMR) for young men ages 12-18, is designed to promote positive behaviors, confidence, and mindsets that resists criminal activities and thoughts, to include gang intervention.  Participants learn practical tips and exercises to help them overcome obstacles and recover from life-altering decisions. 


Through structured group discussions, they are challenged to examine how their behavior and choices have been caused by their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. They not only explore the problems resulting in bad behavior but will also learn the tools and skills to make meaningful, lasting change in their lives. 


In addition to the youth intervention curriculum there will be planned group activities, field trips, and community service activities. 

YMR’s Program Objectives:

  • Develop future leaders who learn to embrace education and career pursuits

  • Increase Emotional Intelligence and strengthen Interpersonal communications

  • Cultivate positive attitude and promote positive social media

  • Increase financial literacy


Our vision is for the young men to improve their resiliency and enhance their quality of life to overcome life-altering challenges and decisions.

  • We will empower them to use their voice, positively, in their decision-making processes.

  • We will strengthen their desire to seek higher education opportunities through goal setting.

  • We will increase their thirst for knowledge to increase their learning capability and growth process

  • We will provide evidence and strength-based life skills to effect positive change and continuous quality improvement strategies, and social skills to improve communications and connectedness to build healthy relationships.

  • Through group coaching and mentoring they will learn critical thinking skills and new ways of presenting themselves to their peers and others.


Even though we competed with Wakunda, FailSafe-ERA Young Men Rising (YMR) was successfully launched on Friday, November 11.  Our leaders, Coach Antwaun Gay and Antoine Carey, Owner of Faded and Co., shared their plight and how they had to overcome some obstacles.  


The youth are excited and ready for more.  The participants will be notified by email of the meeting schedule.  If you have a young man between the ages of 12-18 and interested in participating in YMR where they will receive group and individual mentoring, training in emotional intelligence and resiliency, participate in camp retreat, mock trials, etc. 


The leaders shared Antoine Carey’s documentary and self-discovery rap.  Both captured their attention, as well as the parents.   

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