The focus of the program, in the beginning, was to get students to come out of their shells by using restorative practices. Once students felt they were in a safe environment, building confidence and being heard – then more components of the program were added over the years. These new components focused on overcoming obstacles, making healthier choices, character development, and life skills (something traditionally fathers would teach their sons).
Later on, uniforms were added, standards/codes were developed, growth manuals were formed, and a massive community component that provided mentoring, speakers, and financial support. By the fifth year, the Man-Up program at the high school developed into an all-inclusive holistic approach to student/leadership development. And because the absence of fathers in the home affects females as much as males, a female leadership & character development program was created which was called S.T.R.E.N.G.T.H. Both programs were used to service all students.