Made Men, Inc.
1211 N 8th Street
Kansas City KS 66101-2129
Made Men Graduation
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 732-3976
Fax 913- 273-1971
Mission Statement
The mission of MADE MEN is to empower individuals and communities to succeed through education, training and connections to sustainable resources.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Nelson R. Gabriel
Board Chair Ms. Serena Schermoly
Board Chair Company Affiliation Double VV Trucking LLC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donors are both welcomed and encouraged to mail checks or money orders, online donations through either EFT or credit card, and to provide in-kind donations of items and/or services. We also welcome volunteers in our administrative office,and our Life Strategies GED classes daily 10:00 am to 12:00 noon; also on Tuesday & Thursday evening 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The mission of MADE MEN is to empower individuals and communities to succeed through education, training and connections to sustainable resources.
Background Statement
Made Men started in 2012 as the vision of Nelson Gabriel. Nelson had a childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana, not unlike many of his peers, with many challenging circumstances.
Since 2012, Made Men has been committed to creating a unique and innovative learning environment, driven by the needs of our students. Like many people, Made Men clients have very complicated lives, but theirs are often unduly impacted by serious economic barriers and instability. It is our conviction and belief that these individuals are trying to do, and be, their best and that when they get the academic support they need, they change their lives, they graduate, and they succeed.
Made Men will continue to provide the tuition-free, quality and comprehensive education to individuals previously unsuccessful in traditional schools. Made Men bases its program model on three primary areas for individual success: academic classes that are small, rigorous and personalized; holistic support services that provide on-site interventions and address clients life barriers; and workforce development training that is integrated into everyday learning.
While Made Men’s programs have changed with the times, our mission and vision remain constant—to create and sustain opportunities that strengthen families and communities.
Impact Statement

During our last 3 years, Made Men through our core program, Life Strategies, 118 young adults and adults have completed their General Education Diploma (GED) and several have begun their post-secondary education.
Among our graduates is Karen. As a direct result of her involvement with our program and our partnership with Grantham University, she was able to obtain a full scholarship to obtain a certificate in Business Leadership. She is currently attending with a 3.6 GPA.
We are excited about our future. As we enter the next decade, we have two goals:
  1. Life Strategies, our signature programming will be enhanced and expanded to provide strengths-based case management services.
  2. Double our sustaining monthly givers.


Needs Statement
  1. $10,000 for our GED program for clients seeking test fees scholarships.
  2. $15,000 for English and Spanish GED instructors.
  3. Funding for administrative staff to hire a Development Director to assist the Executive Director in growing Life Strategies program support and Life Navigators.
Service Categories
Adult Education
Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
Adult Education
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County
Geographic Area Served Narrative

Wyandotte County has a 23.9% poverty rate of its total population living below the federal poverty level. Fifty-sixty percent of residents in the area where Made Men is located are at or below the poverty level; Sixty percent of our clientele are unemployed and/or receiving TANF, needing assistance with the $132-dollar cost of the official GED test.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Made Men is the Midwest’s most innovative community organization offering a broad spectrum of services to our clients. Our experienced team offers a proven track record of developing and executing strategic, value-added programs that focus on delivering measurable results and increasing resources. We provide creative and synergistic programs that tap into the mindset of those we serve.

MADE MEN is a multi-faceted organization with one mission, one vision, and the motto of "Empowering men and women to do great things!
Life Strategies- is an initiative to provide adult basic education and GED preparation services, Monday- Friday 10am to noon. Our assessment for GED competency will pin point individual skill deficiencies and provide intense lessons to prepare individuals for GED testing within an 80-hour intensive instruction environment. We are also an official GED testing center.
Life Strategies, our signature programming will be enhanced and expanded to provide strengths-based case management services. Life Strategies in its original form provided life skills, workforce development and healthy relationship workshops.
Program Budget $431,625.00
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success At least 85% of participating clients will complete adult basic education courses, and receive their GED. Measurement Tools: TABE Test, GED Testing Service database and Made Men GED instructors. At least 90% of participating clients will complete their adult basic education courses and 95% of eligible clients will receive their GED Diploma (measurement tool – GED Testing Service). At least 90% of participating clients will demonstrate positive behavior and improve social and life skills. (measurement tool – pre- and post-tests, student self-reports, and assessments).
Long-Term Success
  1. Clients participating in the Made Men programs gain skills and experience for post-secondary and workforce success.
  2. Clients are actively engaged in learning.
  3. Clients improve social/emotional skills and competencies.
Program Success Monitored By Success will be measured by teacher evaluation of client work produced and assignments completed, progress made on client academic and career plans. This will be measured by client's grades, TABE & GED Ready testing scores, and ultimately leading to receiving the GED Diploma.
Examples of Program Success
Here are Made Men examples of program success:
                                                 2016                 2017               2018           2019 (as of January 25th) 
Made Men Testers                   48                     52                   32                4
Made Men Passers                   36                     46                   32                4
Made Men Pass Rate               75%                  88%               100%           100%
National Pass Rate                   80%                 79%                77%             Not Available
Measurement tool: GED Testing Service Analytics Report
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Nelson R. Gabriel
Term Start July 2012
Nelson Gabriel is a respected speaker, results-oriented leader, community organizer and grant writer. Prior to founding MADE MEN, he served as Senior Pastor of several African Methodist Episcopal Churches of the Midwest Annual Conference.
Nelson Gabriel also served as CEO of Beyond The Walls International, a Midwest organization designed to help men and women reenter society from incarceration; and CEO of Unity in the Community, a mentoring organization that hosted the United States Department of Education’s – Voices in Action National Youth Summit.
Nelson Gabriel served as a Louisiana Democratic Representative (House District 90B) from 1987-1991, in which he was the Youngest Elected Official in both the State of Louisiana and the United States of America. In 1990, he was recognized by JET Magazine as the country’s youngest elected official.
Reflecting on his personal mistakes in life, Gabriel states, “I cannot walk around allowing shame to limit or define my life's goals, nor can I allow it to shape other individual’s goals as they try to start over.”
Nelson Gabriel is the son of the late Mildred Gabriel and Nelson Robertson. He is the Godchild of the late Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial, New Orleans’ First Black Mayor. He is married to Dola Gabriel and together they share six children, Carlai, Craig, Damielle, Chalee, Coby and Neichelle.
Senior Staff
Title Chief Marketing Officer
Experience/Biography As a graduate of the Fast Trac® Entrepreneurship program through the Kauffman Foundation, Mr. Moore has taken that entrepreneurial spirit along with his skills in consultative selling, marketing analytics, public relations, and event management to drive successful marketing campaigns and fundraising events across industries in key markets on the east and west coasts. With a keen sense of social media and its impact with the younger community, Mr. Moore is instrumental in showing clients how to effectively utilize innovative ways to deliver their message to the masses and capture results in the process. His passion to help his community and more importantly to be a role model to other young black males led him to return to his Kansas City roots. Craig, has built a reputation as a dynamic liaison who utilizes a results oriented approach executed with focused precision to bring local and national initiatives to the communities of Kansas City and its citizens.
Title Volunteer Coordinator
Title Family Services Coordinator
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 2
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Male 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Tri-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Randolph County Community Partnership
KU Center for Community Health and Development
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Serena Schermoly
Company Affiliation Double VV Trucking LLC
Term Dec 2019 to Dec 2022
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Tate Williams
Company Affiliation CoBuild LLC
Term June 2017 to June 2020
Board Members
Mr. Marlon BanksWalMart Corporate Office
Ms. Rae Daniel41 Action News
Mr. Vincent Locke Sr.Made Men Participant
Judge Tony MartinezWyandotte County District Court
Ms. Serena SchermolyDouble VV Trucking LLC
Mr. Tate WilliamsCoBuild LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $34,400
Projected Expenses $29,000
Spending Policy N/A
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financial documents.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$0$0$33,801
Administration Expense$11,100$11,100$17,216
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.100.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%0%66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name Made Men, Inc.
Address 1211 N 8th Street
Kansas City, KS 661012129
Primary Phone (913) 732-3976
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Nelson R. Gabriel
Board Chair Ms. Serena Schermoly
Board Chair Company Affiliation Double VV Trucking LLC
Year of Incorporation 2012