Founded on Humble Principles with Big Goals

The Male Mogul Initiative began with Walter Mendenhall and five young men in a church basement on the South Side of Chicago. The gathering was predicated on discussing how youths of color could best fulfill their potential and lead their marginalized communities to better futures. 

Walter, a former NFL running back and Chicago native, started the organization after meeting a young man on Chicago’s West Side who was bright, athletic, and academically gifted. 

This individual also sold drugs to support himself and his family. He was on a dangerous path despite all of his exceptional qualities, an all too familiar path for many young men of color in Chicago. 

This left a significant impression on our Founder and inspired the action that led Walter and those five boys to that church basement. Today, the Male Mogul Initiative has mentored thousands of young men from Chicago’s South and West Side Neighborhoods.

Making a Difference through Mentorship

The Male Mogul Initiative is committed to empowering young men of color. We guide and mentor Black and Brown youth, providing them with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. By instilling confidence and teaching practical skills, we help them realize their potential and achieve their goals.

Our goal is to cultivate generations of exceptional leaders and role models from Chicago’s under-resourced neighborhoods. And that’s exactly who our mentors are: role models and examples of success from those same neighborhoods, so that our program participants can see for themselves what their own success could look like.

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