Mark Johnathan Hill II
Lead In School Facilitator, Bookkeeper, Lead Chess Jefe Facilitator
Mark Johnathan Hill II. Mark Johnathan Hill II or MJ for short (22 years old)
"Originally from Florida but Colorado is my second home"! Mark has been with MACM since 2014 and is a Lead Facilitator. Mark graduated from Denver School of Science and Technology. MACM had contributed to my being able to be in a long distance relationship while also upgrading my life. Mark is fortunate enough to have both of my biological parents in my life. "My mother who I call my first love, is exactly that, A beautiful strong minded individual who loves unconditionally. My father, a provider, protector and professor of his faith and love". Honored to have taken qualities from both parents which he says include being respectful, attentive, protective, loving, and strong and I use them all for the work we do with the youth. Because of this, "I’ve learned to always think 3 moves ahead to ensure I make every move with purpose. This is why I love working with youth, because it’s never too late to reteach common sense, and the work we do has changed many lives and will continue to change lives"! Oh and he also loves potatoes.. like LOVES!
Lead Out of School Facilitator, Program Coordinator
Aaron Smith, as a Lead Facilitator and OST Specialist here at MACM strives to make an impact in the community. Being born and raised in Denver Colorado, Aaron was able to experience different root programs that have developed and diminished throughout the East Denver community, therefore, has seen the necessary results and impacts from an organization from the past, similar to MACM. Aaron currently Attends Metropolitan State University majoring in Sports Management, and is an alumni of both Whittier K-8 and Denver School of Science and Technology: Montview. A huge highlight of Aaron’s experience in MACM programming has been from 2015 when as a part of a group of youth facilitators, they were able to share their knowledge of chess and life at the Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center with the youth in that community. “From my own experience I have learned that when surrounded by a great support system of youth and elders, the sky's the limit for all youth to develop and grow into great leaders. As I continue my education to gain a Sports Management Degree, I am devoted to helping others reach for their passions here at MACM!”
Lead Facilitator, Executive Assistant and Workshop Coordinator
Oujaa Brown, our Workshop Coordinator and organizer, Administrative Assistant, as well as Graphic Designer has been with us for almost two years. Because she has completed MACM’s summer programs every summer, she is also a very experienced Lead Facilitator. Oujaa is currently in her second year of college at Houston Community College , majoring in Nursing. Although this is the longest consecutive time that she’s worked for MACM, she has been here from the very beginning. MACM created the opportunity for Oujaa to develop numerous lifelong skills, such as communication, and leadership skills.
Mauryell Smith El
Operation Coordinator, Marketing Director, Media Manager, Co-Facilitator
Mauryell Smith El was born and raised in Chicago where he played football, ran track, and learned a multitude of lessons. Mauryell went on to college at the University of Missouri to study Broadcast Journalism. During Spring 2017 in his time of college he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity Inc. and went on to become the chapter president. Other things Mauryell was involved in during school was being an Ambassador for the college of Arts and Science, a Trio Cat scholar, and Outreach Coordinator for Minorities in Sports. He would also go on to create his own sports blog Concrete Sports and create a platform for sports to be told from an African minded viewpoint. He would go on to hire other students in Mzzou's Journalism School to give them experience to get internships in the field of journalism as well. Mauryell would go on to graduate from Mizzou in 2019. He moved to Denver, CO in June of 2019 and started working for the Denver Post's Advertising department in August of 2019. Mauryell would stay with the Post up until the start of COVID in 2020. Later in August of 2020 he founded Vessel Spring Water to teach people about the inner workings of their bodies and proper hydration. In January of 2020 Mauryell became a member of the Moorish Science Temple of America. In February of 2021 he was allowed to start a mission here in Colorado to teach the Urban Community about their history and nationality. Mauryell is proud to be a member of MACM because he wants to make a difference in the lives of the youth so they can be productive members of their nation, and MACM is helping him with that platform.
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.
Omni Benjamin, a native of Denver CO has watched the birth of MACM since the beginning in 2011, in 2020 "I was blessed with the opportunity to join MACM" as the Operations Coordinator in June with the impact of COVID-19. Currently leading MACM's HR Department and implementing Financial Goals Budgeting Omni brings a wide range of policy and structure to the MACM team with over 15 years of corporate experience and 5 years of account management, Omni's goal is to help empower and develop financial freedom in our community.
Jason Torrez, Board Chair
Denver Inner City Parish
Director of Youth Development – LA Academia Professional
Norma Benjamin, Treasurer
Tenishia Jones, Secretary
FAST Enterprises INC.
Ashlee Wedgeworth, Board Member
Urban League Young Professionals
Community Engagement Co-Lead
Office of Councilwoman Candi Cdebaca
Denver City Council District 9