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While working in the juvenile justice system, visionary leaders, Allen M. Graham and Carlton Ferguson, Jr., designed and began to test innovative behavioral modifacation strategies with non-violent, first-time youth offenders.  


Seeing impressive results in the young men they worked with, they were inspired to create an organization that, using both prevention and intervention activities, would address the root-cause issues that would profoundly change the outcomes for youth throughout Maryland. 

Founded in 2007 as an intervention program for youth, T.H.U.G.S., Inc. is a non-religious charity that does not discriminate based on religion (or non-religion) or promote one particular worldview.  


T.H.U.G.S., Inc. works religiously to help youth achieve their goals.  The T.H.U.G.S., Inc. approach changes lives.

WHAT IS T.H.U.G.S., Inc.? 


Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of young men at risk of underachievement by

  • Increasing

    • high school graduation rates

    • completion of post-secondary education or vocational training

    • post-secondary employment rates

  • Decreasing

    • exposure to violent crime

T.H.U.G.S., Inc. Board of Directors
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