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visual advocacy : examine : research

visual advocacy : examine : research
September 7, 2014 nick howland

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Jodi Brewer and I have felt a strong connection to the Man Class and are hoping to bring more social awareness to the fantastic cause in hopes that they can gain the support they have been searching for years for.

I went a bit overboard with research during last class session so below you’ll find some previous research I did as well as a few new thoughts.



  • The Man Class is part of Reengage, an organization that aims to reintegrate the black male back into the family.
  • to do this, they “reward behavior that was contrary to our national goals and provided disincentives to family structure.”
  • Mission statement: “To help transform males into men through training, support, and empowerment.”
  • aim for a holistic approach to the national epidemic of absentee fathers
  • aiming to help put an end to absentee fathers, which has become an American epidemic that reaches across racial, economic, and ethnic lines
  • the main focus is within the african american community of KC, where this problem is most noticeable.
  • “non-profit organization of concerned parents, educators, health professionals, clergy, and citizens who want to begin the process of repairing these broken relationships between not only fathers and their children but mothers and fathers.”
  • want to provide “services required to stabilize young families and help them to become incubators for healthy and successful children”
  • the end goal is to create a safe home-life that promotes safe healthy, and successful children.
  • have been unable to gather the funds necessary to fully provide these services
  • since they haven’t been able to gather the necessary funds, they have initiated a smaller course called “The Man Class” in order to teach a limited but specified program to young, fatherless KC males.
  •  contact information Address:
    3101 Troost Ave.
  • Kansas City, MO 64109
  • 816.931.4751 X112

The Man Class

  • provide participants with 12 lessons or principles that a father would teach his son
  • begin with what is responsible manhood and end with the participant developing a one year plan for his life
  • aim to make the males more successful as men, fathers, and husbands.
  • change thinking to change behavior
  • establish an understanding
  • Mentoring, goal setting and volunteering
  • “Today we have the challenge of generational poverty which is more than a material lack; it is also an emotional, psychological, and spiritual lack”
  • what makes the Man Class different is the emphasis on the holistic approach
  • curriculum:
  1. Class 1 – Rocking the Foundation
  2. Class 2 – Dress Code & Discipline
  3. Class 3 – Why Am I Angry?
  4. Class 4 – We Learn by Watching
  5. Class 5 – Self-Destruction & Personality
  6. Class 6 – Interpersonal Communication
  7. Class 7 – Cognitive Skills
  8. Class 8 – Overcoming Obstacles
  9. Class 9 – Organizational Skills
  10. Lesson 10 – Financial Literacy
  11. Lesson 11 – Breaking the Cycle
  12. Lesson 12 – Personal Life Skills


Areas where help is needed

  • new website (poor web presence) geared towards the community: simple with a basic spread of information, such as a blog, about section, and a contact page
  • possibly a new brand
  • a  booklet with cliff notes on the class that can be handed out to those that cannot attend the class / are persecuted for doing so
  • another fund raising campaign, possibly multiple
  • posters / advertising / publicity for the class
  • course material