MRD Youth Builder Program


The MRD Youth Builder Program was originally designed to provide inner city youth with free after school, weekend, and summertime recreational activities. Approximately 30% of these youth are stranded in emergency housing or homeless shelters, and 100% fall below the poverty level. In addition, the majority of them have no father figure in their home. The core of MRD's philosophy is to develop lifelong skills in the areas of self-esteem building, conflict management and meditation, violence prevention and personal safety. Over the years it evolved to include after school, weekend, and summertime personal development, educational, cultural and community service activities. The focus is on preparing youth for the transition to middle or high school, providing advanced placement programming, college career exploration, and after school tutoring. Underprivileged children in need are provided with school supplies, clothing, books, backpacks, and other necessities. The core of MRD's philosophy is to develop lifelong skills in the areas of self-esteem building, conflict management and meditation, violence prevention and personal safety. Ultimately, MRD strives to enable youth to make responsible decisions, and help them contribute to their own future. Since 1967, and continuing after Mr. Law retired from his teaching position in 1999, the MRD Youth Builder Program has served over 15,000 inner city youth.