MADE Institute

1.Leon El-Alamin Founding Member MADE Institute

Their vision is to create a community where returning citizens and at-risk youth have equal access to employment, education.

What is the MADE Institute?

M.A.D.E. stands for Money Attitude Direction & Education.  The MADE Institute is a Community Development Re-entry Corporation. Which was established in 2015.

Which factors intrigue the existence of the MADE Institute?

Ending Mass Incarceration and rebuilding marginalized, and violence-impacted communities is what brought MADE Institute into existence.  Addressing structural issues in the criminal justice system such as racial profiling, police brutality, over-criminalizing, mass incarceration, and recidivism. 

What challenges did you face while establishing it? 

Being a formerly incarcerated individual who served his time I was faced with many challenges such as systemic racism that is designed to keep Blacks and other minorities from accessing resources such as financial support. Also trying to find the right donors who would support the mission of the organization. Not having enough funding streams to support the organization long-term. 

What are your objectives and goals? 

Our goal is to provide comprehensive trauma-informed programming for individuals with criminal histories, at-risk youth, and marginalized communities in the areas of workforce development, transitional housing, urban farming, financial literacy, mentoring research, and advocacy. We seek to create communities where those who have been marginalized and impacted by mass incarceration have equal access to job training, employment, affordable housing, education, and the overall cultural life of a thriving community. 

Also, we vision to create a community where returning citizens and at-risk youth have equal access to employment, education, and full participation in the economic, political, and cultural life of the community.

Tell us about your program?

Some of our programs include- Our Green Re-entry transitional housing, life skills education, and substantial construction training for returning citizens and high-risk youth.  Our transitional housing provides safe housing options for returning citizens and high-risk youth. Previous cohort members renovated single-family homes and rental units were renovated by previous cohort members that participated in our programs. We also provide a Health & Wellness program. Below is the list of programs we offer and how they offer help to individuals.

  • Re-entry care package: Our re-entry care package program is designed to ease the transition back into society by providing the small things that matter most, that can be as small as toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss/shampoo.
  • Self-made venture: Through self-made ventures made institute seeks to create social enterprises that will provide both a vital job training ground for at-risk youth and individuals with criminal histories while also creating a revenue stream to support the mission of the made institute.
  • Made green collar economy: The made institute green collar economy vision is to look at the urban community and see a new reality that will use the resources of an underserved community and underutilized land and blighted buildings to create thriving communities.
  • Life skills program: Becoming made is a 10-phase program that lasts between 12 and 14 weeks. Once an individual completes the program, we work with him/her to identify appropriate services and the next steps toward reaching life goals.
  • Transitional clinic program: The made transitional clinic program is an evidence-based model of care for people with chronic health conditions returning to the community from incarceration.
  • Self-M.A.D.E. ventures: It is an education program designed to promote continued learning outside the prison gates. Weekly gatherings of our participants along with with-top tier executives, MBA candidates, and university professors who have one objective -mentor and teach made institute students.
  • Transitional housing program: M.A.D.E. Operates 90-day transitional housing in eight different homes for returning citizens with several homes designated to serve families of individuals who came through our programs and have been impacted by violence and mass incarceration.
  • Urban farming program: M.A.D.E. offers urban farming opportunities at our urban farming center which includes several hoop houses. Individuals learn traditional and urban farming principles and are given entrepreneurial training to start their farming operations if interested

How do you manage and collect funds for operations?

We get support through grants, government contracts, and donations.

Rising crime rates never benefit growth. How can it be reduced to create a peaceful society? 

We as a society must do a better job of providing more resources in our urban areas such as mental health support, economic investments, supporting entrepreneurs, establishing affordable housing, and creating more access to wealth for blacks and minorities. 

There’s a need for a team to manage a sensitive subject. How have you formed that team?

The team consists of highly educated individuals who have pledged to dedicate their lives towards the betterment of society. The team was brought together owing to everyone’s determination and concern towards the people who wish to re-incarnate their life and turn into respectable citizens of the state. 

We would like to know about the success stories you have helped shape.

Our team with all our efforts has always put forward helping hands to all those we could offer our support. We will truly succeed when we will successfully turn around the lives of all people who make even an attempt to rebuild their life.

How do we plan for further expansion of our programs for the betterment of our society?

We have recently purchased a commercial property from our local Land Bank. The property is located at 102 W. Flint Park Blvd in Flint Michigan 48505. The name of the project is called: SELF-MADE Ventures. We are seeking to transform the blighted building into a Coworking Space, Cultural HUB, And Business Incubator on flint’s northside. We have launched a campaign to raise funds for the project which will cost 2million to fully renovate. This project will help to revitalize the urban distress area and transform it into a business district that produces jobs and businesses in the low-income area. 

Additional Information:

Year of Founding2015
Founding MembersLeon El-Alamin
Office Locations503 Garland St, Flint MI 48503
Company StrengthOur diversity

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