About Us

Educate, Engage, and Empower. The MAN UP program is here to help you realize your goals and our staff will do everything we can to ensure that you succeed. MAN UP is a male mentoring program that provides comprehensive activities that promote the personal development, academic improvement, and other social and educational advancement needs of our male students. MAN UP offers a great opportunity for you to be with peers and with older adults who know the ropes. The atmosphere in MAN UP is accepting and encouraging, and will infuse you with strength and wisdom to help you successfully navigate your time at Central Piedmont and your career and life after graduation. We'll answer your questions and walk alongside you as you take steps toward your future.

The Man Up program was originally developed to increase the population and retention rates among minority males, but we realized that all of our males need assistance in different areas. So, this program is designed to provide the inspiration and motivation that they need to reach their goals. MAN UP students will participate in:

  • leadership workshops
  • team building activities
  • social skills workshops
  • entrepreneurship workshops
  • career preparation workshops
  • personal development workshops
  • college tours
  • conferences

Benefits of the Man UP program include:

  • faculty and staff mentors
  • service-learning opportunities
  • workshops to improve self-confidence and self-esteem
  • student leadership opportunities
  • motivation, social skills, and career development
  • one-on-one academic coaching

Man UP Student (Mentee) Eligibility

MAN UP is open to any currently-enrolled and registered male student at Central Piedmont who is committed to the mission and vision of the program.

You also have to do the following:

  • complete a onboarding process
  • follow all rules and guidelines as outlined by the program coordinator, mentee training, program policies, and Central Piedmont
  • have a positive attitude and be respectful of mentors
  • make a one-year commitment to being matched with a mentor
  • meet at least one to two hours per month with your mentor
  • keep open communication with your mentor and MAN UP staff
  • be on time for any scheduled meetings or call mentor at least 24 hours beforehand if unable to make meeting
  • inform the program coordinator of any difficulties or areas of concern that may arise in the relationship
  • attend monthly service learning activities and meetings for the program
  • come by the Mentoring and Bridge Office at least once a week
  • notify Katrina Johnson, program coordinator, at katrina.johnson@cpcc.edu of any changes in address or phone number