MACM Executive Director
Make a Chess Move is intentionally designed to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by developing the abilities of youth to reduce destructive decision-making and increase pro-social behavior in their schools and communities.
MACM is lead by Phillip Douglas. Phillip has been working with youth in Northeast Denver since he was a 14-year-old freshman at Manual High School. In 1998, he became involved with a local youth development nonprofit organization, YouthBiz, where he served as a youth leader and facilitator before becoming a full-time staff member. Phillip has 20 years of experience working with youth that share many of the struggles he experienced growing up in the neighborhood.
Although MACM’s founder Phillip Douglas, performed well in school, his academic success was not enough to keep him off the school-to-prison pipeline. The critical thinking skills developed in school are not sufficient to overpower the multiple risk factors youth face on a daily basis. Too many young people of color share this same experience.
MACM uses compassion and ethical decision-making to develop grit in students to set and tenaciously attack their goals. MACM builds human capital training Student Facilitators to build trust and develop positive peer and adult relationships that foster marketable team management skills, confidence, and positive community leadership.