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"The hook is the key."

—  Mentoring Positives


100 Men of Dane County 3rd Quarter Winner for 2020


Mentoring Positives is committed to building strong, trusting relationships, positives attitudes, and life skills in youth through mentoring and social entrepreneurship.


Mentoring Positive was our 3rd quarter grant winner for 2020. They have 3 primary organizational goals: (1) expand and align their youth programs, (2) grow Off the Block to employ more kids and provide them with sustainable funding, and (3) engage their youth directly in community building in the Darbo-Worthington Neighborhood.

The 100 Men of Dane County grant of $90,000 will enable their organization to reallocate 10 hours of senior staff time per week for 2 years away from perennial fund-raising and grant writing to give more complete attention to making Off the Block a viable business and building the curriculum of MP University. Once established, they believe OTB and MPU will generate sustained funding through commercial sales and larger renewable contracts with the state and county correction system and Madison public schools. 100 Men funds would also enable them to hire a female youth mentor at half-time for 2 years and purchase a dependable minivan to transport youth from Darbo to FEED Kitchens and to curbside sales throughout Dane County (when it is safe to do so). Who will benefit? Their youth. They are always their number one priority.

Order their delicious Off the Block (OTB) Salsa and Pizza here:


  • Mayoral Proclamation Declared December 2019 as “Mentoring Positives Day”

  • Honorary Alumnus Award UW Eau Claire October 2018

  • Mayoral Proclamation Declared May 3, 2018 as “Will Green Day”

  • Nan Cheney March for Justice Award, presented by Forward Community Investments, 2018

  • WIAA Basketball, Big 8 Coach of the Year, 2017-2018

  • Most Influential People in Madison, presented by Madison Hip-Hop Awards/UCANN, 2017

  • The Jefferson Award, presented by Channel 27 WKOW, 2017

  • Membership on the M-List, presented by Madison Magazine, 2016

  • The “Grassroots Hero” President’s Award, presented by the Urban League of Greater Madison, 2015

  • The Citizen of the Year Award, presented by the Gamma Gamma Gamma chapter of the Omega Phi Fraternity, 2014

  • Outstanding Citizen’s Community Award, presented by the Wisconsin Council of Deliberation, 2013

  • The Madison Police Department’s Outstanding Support Award, 2012

  • One of Madison Magazine’s “People of the Year,” 2011

  • The Extra Mile Award, presented by The Rainbow Project, Inc., 2010

  • Dane County Youth Gang Prevention Task Force Certificate of Recognition, 2009

  • Friends of Joining Forces for Families Award, 2008

"The hook is the key."

- Mentoring Positives

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