Mary Magdalene Community Services focus on community recidivism and crime reduction services included but not limited to delinquency prevention, and reentry services. We are culturally adept to working with high risk communities, communities of color and those from low-income households.
In 2014, President Obama signed an initiative known as My Brother's Keeper to promote mentoring among young men of color. Mary Magdalene Community Services decided to expand this concept to go beyond mentoring. In 2015 MMCS was awarded a grant to from San Joaquin County Probation Department to operate a community recidivism reduction program for youth. We named our program My Brother’s Keeper Academy (MBK Academy).
The mission of MBK Academy is to promote positive change and leadership in young men of color.
We are passionate about teaching youth to be role models, building character and life skills, cultivating growth mindsets,respect for authority, improving graduation rates, community service, literacy, and healthy lifestyles.
We offer group and one-on-one mentor opportunities, educational seminars, field trips, college tours, mentor training, parent seminars, community service, and recreational activities.
MBK Academy target student population are African American Male and Latino Male students from 7th to 12th grade. We have contracted with Stockton Unified School District, San Joaquin County Probation Youth Department, and accept students through recommendations from members in the community. Students in MBK Academy come from all throughout Stockton. We serve students from Lodi, Lincoln, Manteca, and Stockton Unified School Districts, and students from county programs, Charter Schools, and home school students.
To build greater capacity for the development of the mission and vision of MBK Academy, we have partnered with various stakeholders, including: San Joaquin County Probation Department, The University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Delta College, the City of Stockton, Stockton Unified School District, Stockton Police Department, local businesses and churches.
All mentors and students are selected through an application and interview process. Mentors are finger printed and provided training before starting their service. MBK Academy will be evaluated by students, mentors, educators, and parents quarterly for improvement, research use, and effectiveness.
Dr. Marlon Gayle and Rashard Stallworth are the two staff members representing Mary Magdalene to coordinate, operate, and oversee the MBK Academy.
We are proud to offer our services to the San Joaquin County Community! We operate with great expectations and look forward to expanding the influence of MBK Academy as an agent of change for young men of color around the world.
We would like to extend our partnership to local organizations that have a strong desire to advocate for the well-being of these young men with their time, talent, and financial contributions. As the African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.”