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Our History

8-year-old Daesean Hill was slain by a stray bullet as he walked home from his East New York school with his stepfather and younger siblings.

Hundreds went to Hill’s funeral. New York City was awash with tears and frustration. Out of that pain, East New York activist Andre T. Mitchell formed the community advocacy group Man Up! Inc. 



Deasean Hill

After the unfortunate death of the 8-year-old angel, Deasean Hill in East New York, Brooklyn in November 2003, the concept for Manup, Inc. was created. In 2005, Man Up! became a “real” street & community-based not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.

Man Up! Inc

Our 8 Pillars of Support

Youth Pillar

  • B & G (C.A.M.P)
  • Summer Day Program
  • The Harambay Culture
  • After-School Program
  • Career & College “R” Us
  • Step Up 2 MAN Up

Community Pillar

  • Body Of Peace Collation
  • New York City PEACE WEEK
  • Gun Violence Awareness Movement (G.V.A.M)
  • Liaison
  • WO/Man Up

Employment pillar

  • Job Development Center
  • Ready 4 Work Program
  • Neighborhood
  • Business & Entrepreneur Training

Anti-violence Pillar

  • Hospital Responder Program
  • C.A.M.P @ Crossroads
  • Anti-Gang C.A.M.P 101

Fatherhood pillar

  • M.O.M Meetings
  • F.I.P.A
  • The ReMatch Mentorship Program

Music and Arts pillar

  • A.I.M Program
  • S.E.T. It Off
  • Man Up! Radio (Podcast)

Emergency Care for Troubled Teens

Our organization provides services and referrals for teens who have issues with everyday life.

  • Bulling
  • Family Issues
  • Peer Pressure
  • Abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Teen Parenthood and More.


Sports & Recreation

  • Urban Athletics University (U.A.U)
  • Peace Games Tournament’s

“It’s not the appearance that makes a man,

it’s the man that makes an appearance.”

-Anthony Liccione

We Need Your Help

Donate to Man Up!

About Your Donations, Where & How They are used

Man Up! has been serving underrepresented individuals for over a decade. This would not be possible without the support of compassionate individuals, generous donors, and empowering grants.

Youth Development

When you donate to our Youth Development program you allow us to continue our:

  • Summer programs
  • After-school programs
  • Athletic programs
  • College readiness programs
  • Father programs
  • Mentoring programs
  • And more!

Community Development

When you donate to our Community Development services you allow us to continue our:

  • Anti-Violence programs
  • Peace Week
  • Community Advocacy
  • Neighborhood Workforce Union
  • And more!

Employment development

When you donate to our Employment Development program you allow us to continue our:

  • Job Development Center
  • Ready 4 Work program
  • Neighborhood Volunteer Corps
  • College readiness programs
  • Father programs
  • Mentoring programs
  • And more!

Music & Arts

We would love your help to continue group our Music and Arts programs. Our music and artist development curriculum focuses on the foundation of the different genres of music.Taught by established artists, producers, music executives, and Special guest presenters.

Help Us Make the Community Safer, Stronger and Smarter

Man Up! Inc, is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.