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

The work with our youth in 2018


The total at-risk kids engaged in our after school and mentoring program

1 %
H.s. seniors
The amount of our seniors graduated high school
Employed 6 teenagers through our Off the Block Salsa enterprise and grew to have salsa sold in 7 local stores
Last spring, CUNA Mutual Foundation celebrated 14 years of Mentoring Positives work by awarding us with a $175,000 grant to grow our impact and programming in the future! I was so surprised and grateful. With these dollars, I knew it was the chance to come up with a game plan for MP. This investment in my life’s work is going to support our vision for growth. Just imagine what we can achieve for our kids with more resources, a larger center/facility, and more mentoring role models? Dream with us for a moment. By the end of 2020 we will empower many more kids by providing increased after school mentoring programs and engaging more kids in our Off The Block social enterprise business. With your help we can:
  • acquire a new, multi-use center for increased after school programming
  • create more afterschool programming at LaFollette High School to counteract gun violence
  • hire 15-20 more teens at Off the Block and expand our product to offer pizza
  • launch our first Off The Block retail space in the new Madison Public Market, incorporating teens in every step of the retail process and providing more teen employment opportunities
  • expand into 5 more grocery stores for both product lines
  • partner with Neighborhood House in Milwaukee to expand the Off The Block business into 3 Milwaukee grocery stores
And this is just the beginning. If we can use our CUNA Mutual grant as a foundation for generating even more investment, excitement and opportunities in this work, we WILL help hundreds more kids on the east side who are currently without hope and support.