Expose, educate and empower; that is the goal of the Man to Man Project.
Man to Man Project is an educational outreach program that provides tutoring and skill development for young men in Tulsa Public Schools.
The organization was created two years ago by Dexter Sullivan. Since its creation the group has partnered with McLain Middle and High school.
"Alot of our students are really bright but sometimes they just that encouragement to tell them that you can do it," said Sullivan.
On a weekly basis, Sullivan and his team of mentors meets with a group of 30 young men during the school year. One hour a week is dedicated to tutoring, guiding and filling in the gaps with man to man intervention.
Sullivan said he has a clear objective during the tutoring session; to help students reach their potential.
“We want to empower them with resources to go on and change their world,” said Sullivan.
Man to Man Project has turned to the web to help with fundraising efforts so that the organization can continue to mentor.
Sullivan said the goal is to raise $10,500 to use for McLain High School. Sullivan said the money will be used to serve thirty students, cover background checks of mentors, transportation fuel costs, tutoring supplies and two college site visits.
The group will also award a $1,500 dollar scholarship for the student with the most outstanding performance.
Recent McLain High School graduate, Maurice Rolland, said he never would have been able to get through his senior year if it weren't’t for Man to Man Project.
“Honestly, I would have failed and then I probably would have dropped out of high school,” said Rolland.
Rolland is headed to TCC in January and said he is grateful for the lessons he learned with Sullivan.
“I thank god that I have a mentor, most people out here don’t have mentors its good to have someone who is actually positive in your life.”