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The Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students (MACCS) is a diverse group of young leaders, committed to improving themselves and their communities through the practice of Muhammad Ali’s six core principles: Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Spirituality, and Giving. As a youth-led organization, these dynamic students make decisions that guide the course of their service work and leadership development.

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What is the Muhammad Ali Center UCREW Program?

UCREW is a ground-breaking social enterprise program of the Muhammad Ali Center available to high school students. The program offers a unique opportunity for students to not only learn about social entrepreneurship, but to work in teams to develop an actual social enterprise. During the school year, students will meet twice monthly to explore the issue of “poverty” in their communities and to reflect on ways to combat local poverty through creative business endeavors. By the end of the program, students will have conceptualized, produced, marketed, and launched a small social enterprise business.

Program Benefits

  • Confidence building and leadership development.
  • Meet and engage in dialogue with community leaders and inspirational speakers.
  • Encourage teamwork and develop strong communications skills.
  • Find your voice for social change, and understand the value and power of giving.

Program Benefits

  • Confidence building and leadership development.
  • Meet and engage in dialogue with community leaders and inspirational speakers.
  • Encourage teamwork and develop strong communications skills.
  • Find your voice for social change, and further your understanding of the cycle of poverty in our community.
  • Learn the foundation for building your own social entrepreneurship.

Qualifications

High school students in grades 10-12 who demonstrate the following:

  • Involvement in community service or extra-curricular activities in school or community.
  • Potential to develop leadership skills.
  • Excellent attendance, good academic grades, and exemplary conduct are expected.

Qualifications

High school students in grades 9-12 who demonstrate the following:

  • Involvement in community service or extra-curricular activities in school or community.
  • Potential to develop leadership skills.
  • Excellent attendance, good academic grades, and exemplary conduct are expected.

Program Requirements

  • Students must be available to meet two evenings per month at the Center.
  • Students must be able to participate in learning projects throughout the year.

Supported in part by Louisville Metro Government Department of Community Services.

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Program Requirements

  • Students must be available to meet two evenings per month at the Center.
  • Students must be able to participate in service projects throughout the year.

Program dates:  August 2018 – May 2019

Who is eligible to apply:  Any high school student in the Louisville area.

Application deadline:  Applications are closed.

For more information, please contact:

MACCS: Darryl Young, Jr.
Manager of Programming
502.992.5311
dyoung@alicenter.org

UCREW: Morgan Szabo
Programming Associate
502.992.5312
mszabo@alicenter.org

Alumni Spotlight

Jace Grissom
MACCS Member

Current Position: I am not working towards a specific career, but my majors are geared towards grassroots organizing. I am working with Unite Here at my college for eventually working for the union as a Salter and being more involved in workplace justice. Currently, Unite Here is organizing with maintenance and sanitation workers in Indianapolis to get better benefits and a living wage within a growing urban populace. I will also be involved in the upcoming contract negotiations at Earlham College with the cafeteria workers who were unionized in the past as a result of student and staff collaborative efforts.

 

Impact: When I started attending MACCS, I had been very involved in various youth programming around Louisville but had felt that I was missing a vital aspect of learning and tangible action that I felt was necessary for today's (and the time) social and political climate. The way in which MACCS impacted me was strongly due to the students I was surrounded by in the program. Previous to MACCS, I was in programs that had students who were apathetic to the issues we discussed or could not imagine a world that was radically just and peaceful in the way that MACCS, and Muhammad Ali's legacy, inspired us to be. The students in MACCS provided me with new perspectives, taught me how to discuss difficult issues, listened to different people's experiences, and ultimately dedicated themselves to making our community, and the larger community, a better place. I also credit a lot of my success and passion for social justice to the staff at the Muhammad Ali Center who provided me with resources and support that allowed me to pursue my goals in college and my future career goals.

 

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What Does the MACCS Mean to Me?

Muhammad Ali Center's Youth Program Statistics

Geographic Diversity

  • Our students live in 34 different zip codes throughout the Louisville region.

Socio-Economic Status

  • 18% of our students live in zip codes with medium incomes at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines for a family of 4—$25,750.
  • 27% of our students live in zip codes with medium incomes at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines for a family of 4—$38,625.
  • 12% of our students attend Title 1 Schools.

Demographics

  • Our program is racially diverse. Our students self-identify as:
    • 48% Black/African
    • 21% White
    • 13% Multiracial
    • 7% Asian/Indian
    • 7% Hispanic/Latinx
    • 4% Middle Eastern
  • Our students self-identify as:
    • 60% Female/Woman
    • 38% Male/Man
    • 2% Trans/Non-Binary

Higher Education

  • At least 14% of our participants are first-generation college students. 11% of our students did not respond or responded “unknown.”
  • At the outset of the program, 83% of our students indicated that they intended to pursue a college or upper level degree.
  • Over the past 5 years, 100% of our graduates have gone on to attend a 2 or 4-year college.
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