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Building a just society by developing tenacious learners, compassionate leaders, and ethically-driven critical-thinkers to dismantle the school to prison pipeline.


Our work.

 Make a Chess Move disrupts the school to prison pipeline by developing tenacious learners, compassionate leaders, and ethically driven critical thinkers. Through the game of chess, MACM has designed a research-based curriculum that identifies and targets positive youth protective factors and the reduction of youth risk factors. The curriculum is delivered to youth ages 8-24 with an emphasis on developing staff and young leaders from program participants.

Black Queen
Developing Tenacious Learners
Increasing School Engagement

There is an abundance of research that shows how the school-to-jail track begins with school disengagement. Make a Chess Move is making moves to prevent that early.

Developing Compassionate Leaders
Reducing Youth

Most youth violence experts agree that youth violence prevention requires increasing certain protective factors and reducing certain risk factors in the lives of individual youth.

MACM Trust Pass
Developing Ethically Driven Critical-Thinkers
Challenging the
Teen Brain

MACM builds positive social change by starting from the grassroots - changing the way young people make decisions. We challenge them to step up as leaders in their community. 

2023 MACM Program Schedule


Open Chess

Catch us every Thursday from 3 - 5 pm at the 2015 E. 26th Ave Denver, Co 80205!!

Make A Creative Move 

The MACreativeM program is postponned until the 14th of September. See you soon!

MACM Testimonials 

"Thank you for you recommendation of Make a Chess Move (MACM).  Boston applied for a small grant and was able to partner.  It is the most well attended club we have and I think it is 100% a testimony to the facilitators and the way they engage with the middle schoolers.I wanted to make sure to share my gratitude and get a shout out to MACM."

Ms. Brandi, Boston P-8



Northeast Denver has once again become the focal point for street violence. While news coverage addresses the challenging efforts to intervene in this violence, MACM is about preventing this violence.


MACM was conceived by and is run by a dream team of grassroots young leaders whose inspirational lives and engaging youth training programs are in demand by not only youth but schools, libraries, recreation centers, and organizations that serve them.


youth served from April 2022 to May 2023


of youth faciliators are on track to graduate


schools served


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2015 26th Avenue #B

Denver, Colorado 80205

Tel: (303) 818-4609

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