Inspiring since 2000

About I.M.P.A.C.T. Foundation

Michael W. Stanley is a Certified Addiction Counselor and the founder & CEO of I.M.P.A.C.T. Foundation born and raised in Washington, DC. Michael fell prey to the fast-paced life of the city that continues to fascinate the youth today and became the victim of his wrong choices. During his time as a young adult, in prison he reflected on his mistakes that kept him on the road to nowhere, choosing consciously to break the vicious cycle by not allowing his past to determine his future. He logged countless volunteer hours under a formalized program, providing outreach to troubled and struggling teens in the surrounding communities.

Michael changed his life and went on to help others who had gone down the same road with determination and commitment to make a visible change. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Psychology from Coppin State University to became a Certified Addiction Counselor and started offering assistance to at-risk teens and young adults with customized counseling sessions.

Michael later founded I Make Positive Attempts to Change Teens (I.M.P.A.C.T.), as a formal non-profit foundation to help troubled and underprivileged youth make better life choices, offering them group and one-on-one counseling sessions, mentoring seminars, and training workshops. As “A Voice of Experience,” Michael gets it! He knows what it is like to be where they are right now or where they might be heading.

For over 40 years now, Michael has been mentoring the youth, providing them education, training, guidance, and motivation to strive for greater accomplishments. He has also assisted many released prisoners turn their life around. Over the years, he and his team of counselors have empowered at-risk teens and troubled adults into transforming their lives by no longer settling for the I Can’t attitude. Today, the I.M.P.A.C.T. Foundation is known for providing the underprivileged and struggling youth the safe space and guidance they so desperately need to turn their lives around.

Our Mission

My mission is to provide the needed training and guidance to at-risk youth and teens, enabling them to make wise choices for a brighter future. Leading by example, I empower the troubled and underprivileged youth with information that will help them avoid the darker path while making conscious decisions to turn their life around and become the best version of themselves.

I also encourage at-risk youth and teens to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency, so they can create safer and accepting communities

Why I.M.P.A.C.T.

The IMPACT foundation experience helps participants grow, connect, and learn in a safe space with inspiring mentors & counselors who act as their guiding star. I draw from my personal experience and my unwavering commitment to helping underprivileged teens & adults of our community by:

  • – Helping identify negative behaviors like bullying, gang violence and drug abuse
  • – Enabling at-risk teens and young adults to realize the consequence of their behaviors
  • – Providing a safe space that effectively nurtures, guides and educates the youth
  • – Transforming their negative behavior into positive expressions
  • – Empowering youth with training workshops and programs to turn their lives around

Our Vision

To break the pipeline to prison by empowering at-risk teens and underprivileged youth with education, training and guidance while leading by example.

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