In August of 2006, Founder & Executive Director, Anthony
"Tony" Jones started a non-profit organization, Men With Divine
Purpose out of a local barbershop in Southeast Houston. The fuel behind
this organization was pure passion. The organization ran for fourteen months before
receiving a determination letter from the IRS concerning tax-exempt status
under Section 501(c)(3) in October 30, 2007. Over the last few years, Mr.
Jones witness many single-mothers bringing their son(s) in the barbershop for haircuts.
Many of the boys demonstrated low self-esteem & behavior problems and were
missing positive male role models in their lives.
addition, the mothers would often ask to leave their sons in the barbershop,
just to allow them to be in the company of male adults. Unfortunately,
the barbershop was not always the best hang-out for young boys, because of
negative influences and adult conversations. Men with Divine Purpose started
with four boys and quickly grew to fifteen boys in a matter of months. Mr. Jones, implemented 4 key components in
the program: Real Talk Mentoring, Character/Skills-Development, Community
Service-Learning, and Recreation/Outdoors Fun. He believed these components would
be essential with “Helping Boys to Become Men.” And to, accomplish his mission
in supporting single–parents with positive male role models in their son’s
lives. Mr. Jones and his mentors, would meet with the youth bi-weekly and make
weekly phones calls to equip, educate, empower & encourage them.
August 2010, Men with Divine Purpose started it's pilot school-based mentoring program at KIPP Spirit Middle school. The partnership with KIPP allowed MWDP to work with many at-risk boys who needed personal, emotional, and social support from positive mature mentors.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to educate, equip, empower, and expand opportunities to boys from single-parent families through mentorship.
Our vision is that the youth will overcome personal, social, and emotional barriers, so that they may be responsible and productive leaders in their families and communities.
Core Values "PRACTICE"