Clifford Cheeks

Clifford Cheeks, Male Youth Enhancement Program

Clifford Cheeks is a community advocate whose life’s work is to support young African American males success.

In 2012, the Center for Disease Control issued a report which stated that the number one cause of death among African American male youth is homicide.

The Male Youth Enhancement Program is a leadership training program offered to Detroit area schools, and Foster Care Facilities, designed specifically for “at risk” male youth between the ages of 10-19. The primary objective is to expose them to the benefits of participation in a “peer group experience.”  They will engage in Yoga for Youth, group activities, group challenges, learn how to eliminate self-defeating behaviors, and command positive self- expression.  Additionally, participants will learn how to respond to being held accountable for their actions within a group context.

Over the next year, Clifford hopes to show positive impact in the lives of over 100 male youth by demonstrating behavior improvements in areas such as school attendance, academic performance, citizenship, and relations with fellow students, teachers, school administrators, and parents.

To learn more about the Male Youth Enhancement Program, visit their website and Facebook page.

GRANT AWARD DATE: April 14, 2015