The purpose of MAN-UP is to give men a chance to move from Addiction to Freedom, from Selfishness to Selflessness and to eventually realize that to have true Success in life, you must first have Character and Self-Respect. MAN-UP shows them that whether they recognize it or not, they are not the only ones with hurts, scars and open wounds from our past. We teach men to look beyond the hurts of the past so they can see how much Power they have over their own lives as well as the lives of those around them.
Everyone leaves a legacy but what that legacy says about us, is up to us. MAN-UP empowers men to accept that who they’ve been in the past is not who they need to be today or in the future. We teach that to MAN-UP you must be respectful and faithful to yourself, to your commitments and to your word.
If you’ve never had a father, a father figure or a man as a role-model or mentor, how are you ever going to grow up and know how to grow up with character to respect yourself or others? Why do men hold their word so cheaply? The truth is it’s easier to lie and manipulate rather than to make a decision and to stand behind that decision.
Media today says men are only good for bringing home a check and if they make babies it’s ok to leave, the mom will take care of them. Society also says if you’re a real man it’s ok to have several women at once and that there really is no need for marriage because even if you do get married it's ok to walk out if the going gets tough.
It’s hard to make good decisions when you don’t even know the difference between a good decision and a bad decision. We have a lot of boys but not many men.
MAN-UP was started when I realized that there was no compassion or concern for men. Everyone is quick to assist the pregnant teen or the single mom, and I do agree that those are worthy causes, but what about the boy who’s trying to be a man? What about the drug addict or the alcoholic trying to get sober? What about the man who abuses women because that’s all he’s ever seen? Even the drug dealer is someone’s son.
It’s time to give men some respect and to teach self-respect. Men today need tools to help them realize dreams and to be productive members of society. Every man marries someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s mother, someone’s friend and MAN-UP teaches these men to do the right thing because it’s right, not because someone’s watching.