The Max Factor Leadership Institute

About Max Factor

The Max Factor Leadership Institute

The Max Factor Leadership Institute is a mentoring program created by Bishop Rosie S. O’neal in honor of the excellent example of manhood and leadership provided by her grandfather, Dr. Maxwell McIllwain. Designed for African-American boys, this program strives to instill students with wisdom and character. Participants acquire the qualities and values needed to be a mature, responsible, and successful young man. We also seek to provide enriching encounters for our students. Through quality activities and trips, students have experiences that provide educational enhancement and exposure that broaden life perspectives. Max Factor’s impact is achieved by partnering with area schools. This program is proud to have partnered with CM Eppes middle school since 2013. CM Eppes is a Title 1 school serving a high percentage of students identified as at-risk and low-income.

  • Q. What Will Participants Encounter?

    In Max Factor, boys will participate in sessions and activities that are designed to position them towards making exemplary life choices and standing out positively among their peers. This program is designed to mentor participants throughout their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years. During their middle school journey with Max Factor, impacting lessons will be taught through program sessions and activities.  Subject matter will include, but not be limited to, the following:

    • Academic Success and Study Skills
    • Leadership
    • True Colors
    • Trust, Stress, & Coping
    • Getting Along With Others
    • Brotherhood
    • Public Speaking
    • The Distinguished Gentleman (Manly Matters)
    • Image & Self Respect
    • Grooming & Personal Care
    • Black History
    • CPR/First Aid Certification
    • Thinking Beyond The Moment
    • Team Building
    • Goal Setting & Personal Success
  • Q: How To Become a Participant?

    The Max Factor Leadership Institute is pleased to partner with CM Eppes Middle School to provide this program. We are able to accept a limited amount of participants each year. Students are selected to be interviewed for the program based off of teacher recommendations. In order to be eligible to be a part of this program, boys will need to:

    • Be a current student at CM Eppes Middle School
    • Participate in the program from 6th – 8th grade
    • Maintain required academic standards and conduct
  • Q .Why Be A Part of Max Factor?

    Think of this. It is possible for a child to stand alone and excel in life, but how much stronger could that child be if they had support surrounding them during their formative years. What if a united team came together to help them see greatness within? This is aim of our program. We desire to be a part of the team and village to positively impact the lives of our students. We do not see students as “their kids,” but this is our community so these students are “our kids” too. By partnering with parents and schools, we will become a part of a student’s team aiming them towards success.

    It is clear to see the challenges facing youth today. It is even more apparent that young men, especially young men of color, have many barriers to cross in their lives. It is time for the joint efforts of parents, schools, and the community to preserve, cover, and strengthen our youth. Together we can help them avoid falling into traps that will derail their lives. It is all about partnership. With all of us working together to push, direct, and lead our students they will have the backing they need to stand strong. Just think of the significant ground our students gain in life by having such a dynamic team surrounding them.


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