GED® Community Partnership Program Spotlight: Made Men Inc.
Made Men Incorporated, a not-for-profit organization based in Kansas City, Kansas is our first official partner in the GED Community Partnership Program.
The GED Community Partnership Program was created to connect more learners from historically marginalized populations to preparation and support for the GED credential. This program aims to increase access to a high school equivalency diploma, while investing in community organizations that provide education, training, and other support services.
This program was launched in late 2021 in partnership with Aztec Software and provides community organizations with GED Testing Service and Aztec Software study tools, laptops and Chromebooks, and GED Ready and GED operational test vouchers.
Made Men was selected through a vetting process that included identifying the organization’s needs, learners served, current outcomes, and other factors.
We’re excited about this ongoing partnership and look forward to sharing updates and success stories in the near future.
About Made Men, Inc.:
Made Men was founded in 2012 by Nelson Gabriel to “empower individuals and communities to succeed through education, training, and connections to sustainable resources.”
The organization offers GED preparation, life skills courses, connections to workforce skills training, parenting classes, and is an authorized Pearson VUE test center. Made Men offers support services to address mental health, food insecurity, and housing needs for program participants and the surrounding community through additional partnerships.
Made Men is in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, in Wyandotte County, with nearly 40% (39.4%) of individuals living below the poverty level. In the zip codes where most of Made Men’s clients reside, the percentage of adults without a high school diploma is as high as 46%.
Made Men’s Project HALE (Helping Adults Learn Easy) initiative provides adult basic education and GED preparation services. Learners have access to on-site preparation courses offered during the day and evening. The organization has an 88% GED pass rate among GED program participants.