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REAL MEN DON'T HIT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
in collaboration with DominateSTL.com

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Target Population:

Youth/Adolescent boys ages 8-17 that are at-risk of not reaching their full potential due to challenges at home, at school, and/or in their neighborhood.

Program Overview:

The Real Men Don’t Hit program discusses and teaches the principles of manhood. This program helps young men realize their potential; and to envision and prepare for a robust and productive future. RMDH aims to break the misguided traits of manhood and introduce positive male role models, providing confident examples of manhood. The curriculum teaches young men the understanding of the mind and connects knowledge and skills learned to help youth navigate their personal life experiences and circumstances.

 

Our Mission:

Real Men Don’t Hit’s (RMDH) mission is to create quality mentoring relationships for youth who need them most. The RMDH program creates both group and one-to-one relationships between trusted adult mentors and young men who lack a positive adult relationships. The program exposes each young man to new opportunities for learning and growth, with an emphasis on creating healthy relationships, promoting academic achievements, health and wellness, and providing critical life skills for future success.

The mentors act as guides to the participants to connect the dots of learning and give an opportunity for the participants to have positive interactions with a male mentor, week to week. RMDH integrates outcome measures for the young men into ongoing operations. Data is gathered during the intake assessment of the student, a Strengths and Difficulties Assessment, and a Post Survey. The data is then used to see how youth has progressed.

Program Objectives:

  • To provide positive male guidance, promoting personal and social responsibility among youth men.

  • To improve attendance achievement, academic engagement; by providing effective, educational, and supportive mentorship activities.

  • To increase positive behaviors, reduce risk behaviors, and improve self-control; to encourage positive choices and to reach their full potential.

  • To discourage the use of illegal drugs and firearms, involvement in violence/gangs, and other delinquent activity by at-risk youth.

  • To promote positive goal setting; and skills to measure those future goals.

  • To stress the importance of maintaining eye contact and having a firm handshake.

  • To encourage participation in school and community service activities.

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MEAUSUREABLE OUTCOMES:

Student Assessment:

  • By the end of the program, the mentors and students will have met for one quarter totaling 18 weeks.

  • By the end of the program, 85% of students will have completed a Student Intake Assessment.

  • By the end of the program, 85% of students will have completed a Strength & Difficulties Assessment.

  • By the end of the program, 85% of students will have completed a Post Survey Assessment.

  • By the end of the quarter, 85% of students will report that the program has benefited them positively.

  • By the end of the quarter, 85 % of students will report that they would recommend this program to a friend or family member in another school district.

  • By the end of the quarter, 85% of students will report that the program provided positive male guidance, promoted personal and social responsibility.

  • By the end of the quarter, 85% of students will report that the program connected them with positive male mentors that they previously did not have access to.

  • By the end of the quarter, 85% of students will report that they would like to participate in the program again next semester.

 

Mentor Post Survey:

  • By the end of the program, 85% of mentees will report feeling motivated and accomplished by their mentoring responsibilities.

  • By the end of the program, 85% of mentees will report that they gave the best part of themselves during the mentoring sessions.

  • By the end of the program, 85% of mentees will report that the RMDH is a needed program that provide positive male guidance to at risk youth in need.

  • By the end of the program, 85% of mentees will report that they would like participate in the program again next year.

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PROGRAM EVALUATION:

  • A total of 180 program participants, with a total of 3 mentees.

  • We met with the program participants every Monday, for 18 weeks.

  • The 145 program participants consisted of 6 classes, which estimates 25-30 young men per class.

  • The 30 program participants were then divided into 3 small groups: with an estimate of 10 program participants in each group.

  • In addition, 62% of program participants are fatherless, and over 95% are on free or reduced lunch.

  • Our community mentoring approach is drawing high praise from school principals, administrators, and teachers for its documented ability to improve the academic performance, attendance, and attitude as well as reduce disciplinary issues, expulsion, and dropout rates of their most at-risk boys.

  • School records show boys who participated for one school year improved their GPA by an average of 27% and their discipline incidents declined by 85%.

We utilize multiple methods to evaluate our impact including surveys, GPA and behavioral data, attendance, testimonials, and case studies in partnership with local universities.

LESSON PLANS:

About the Program
Measureable Outcomes
Program Evaluation
Lesson Plans

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LESSON

LESSON 1: BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM (DARE TO BE DIFFERENT)

Objective: Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence in youth at risk.

Goals:  

  • Develop a positive self-image.

  • Identify personal strengths and talents.

  • Cultivate a sense of self-worth.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on self-esteem.

  • Participants will demonstrate improved self-confidence through self-reflection activities.

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LESSON

LESSON 2: EMOTIONAL REGULATION

Objective: Teach strategies for managing and regulating emotions effectively.

 

Goals:

  • Identify and label emotions.

  • Develop coping mechanisms for anger and frustration.

  • Practice calming techniques during times of stress.

 

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on emotional regulation.

  • Participants will demonstrate improved ability to manage emotions through role-playing exercises.

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LESSON

LESSON 3: CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Objective: Provide skills for resolving conflicts peacefully and constructively.

 

Goals:  

  • Identify different conflict resolution styles.

  • Practice active listening and effective communication.

  • Develop problem-solving techniques.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on conflict resolution skills.

  • Participants will demonstrate improved conflict resolution abilities through role-playing scenarios.

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LESSON

LESSON 4: BUILDING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Objective: Teach the importance of healthy relationships and boundaries.

 

Goals:  

  • Understand and recognize healthy relationship dynamics.

  • Develop skills for effective communication and active listening.

  • Establish personal boundaries and respect others' boundaries.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on healthy relationships.

  • Participants will demonstrate improved communication and boundary-setting skills through group discussions.

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LESSON

LESSON 5: SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

Objective: Educate about the dangers of substance abuse and promote prevention strategies.

 

Goals:   

  • Understand the risks and consequences of substance abuse.

  • Develop refusal skills and assertiveness.

  • Promote healthy coping mechanisms instead of relying on substances.

 

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on substance abuse knowledge.

  • Participants will demonstrate improved refusal skills through role-playing exercises.

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LESSON

LESSON 6: GOAL SETTING AND PLANNING

Objective: Teach goal-setting techniques and develop action plans for success.

 

Goals:  

  • Identify short-term and long-term goals.

  • Create actionable steps towards achieving goals.

  • Foster perseverance and resilience in pursuing goals.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on goal-setting.

  • Participants will develop a personal action plan outlining their goals and steps towards achieving them.

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LESSON

LESSON 7: ANGER MANAGEMENT

Objective: Provide tools and strategies for managing anger in healthy ways.

 

Goals:  

  • Recognize triggers and warning signs of anger.

  • Develop coping mechanisms for anger.

  • Practice relaxation techniques to calm down.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on anger management.

  • Participants will demonstrate improved anger management skills through role-playing exercises.

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LESSON

LESSON 8: HEALTHY DECISION-MAKING

Objective: Teach critical thinking skills and responsible decision-making.

 

Goals:  

  • Evaluate potential consequences of decisions.

  • Analyze risks and benefits.

  • Make informed choices aligned with personal values.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on decision-making skills.

  • Participants will demonstrate improved critical thinking through decision-making scenarios.

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LESSON 9: POSITIVE PEER RELATIONSHIPS

Objective: Promote positive peer interactions and healthy friendships.

 

Goals:  

  • Develop skills for effective communication and active listening.

  • Identify characteristics of healthy friendships.

  • Foster empathy and supportiveness in peer relationships.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on peer relationships.

  • Participants will demonstrate improved communication and empathy through group activities.

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LESSON

LESSON 10: HEALTHY COPING MECHANISMS

Objective: Teach healthy coping strategies for managing stress and emotions.

 

Goals:  

  • Identify healthy outlets for stress and emotions.

  • Develop skills for self-care and relaxation.

  • Practice engaging in positive activities as a means of coping.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on coping mechanisms.

  • Participants will demonstrate improved ability to utilize healthy coping strategies through self-assessment activities.

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LESSON

LESSON 11: CAREER EXPLORATION

Objective: Help participants explore potential career paths and develop future goals.

 

Goals:  

  • Identify personal interests, strengths, and skills.

  • Research and explore various career options.

  • Create a career action plan.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on career exploration.

  • Participants will develop a career action plan outlining their interests, skills, and potential career paths.

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LESSON 12: FINANCIAL LITERACY

Objective: Teach basic financial literacy skills to foster responsible money management habits.

 

Goals:   

  • Understand the importance of budgeting and saving.

  • Learn about banking, credit, and debt management.

  • Develop skills for making informed financial decisions.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Participants will complete a pre- and post-program survey on financial literacy.

  • Participants will develop a finance budget.

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Assessments

ASSESSMENTS

PRE/POST PROGRAM

ASSESSMENT

PRE/POST SELF-ESTEEM

ASSESSMENT

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PRE/POST GOAL 

SETTING ASSESSMENT

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PRE/POST PEER

RELATIONSHIP ASSESSMENT

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STUDENT INTAKE

ASSESSMENT

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PRE/POST EMOTIONS

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PRE/POST ANGER

MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT

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PRE/POST HEALTHY COPING SKILLS ASSESSMENT

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STRENGTHS & DIFFICULTIES

ASSESSMENT

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PRE/POST CONFLICT RESOLUTION ASSESSMENT

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PRE/POST HEALTHY DECISION MAKING ASSESSMENT

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PRE/POST CAREER

EXPLORATION ASSESSMENT

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POST MENTORSHIP

ASSESSMENT

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PRE/POST HEALTHY

RELATIONSHIP ASSESSMENT

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PRE/POST SUBSTANCE

ABUSE ASSESSMENT

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PRE/POST FINANCIAL 

LITERACY ASSESSMENT

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