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Man Up Plan Up

Are You a Man with a Plan?

You’re in control of your own life, so make a plan for it. If and when you’re ready to be a father, we’ll help you make informed, healthy choices.

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The True Cost of Kids

If you’re thinking about becoming a dad, it’s important to think about financial stability. In the first year of having a baby, you’ll spend around $10,000 on baby supplies. Having a child is a life-changing event and requires financial planning to ensure that your baby has everything needed to support healthy growth and development.

Planning to be a dad? Visit our Dads page to make sure you’re ready.

Reality Check About Sex

You hear so much about sex. But how much of what you hear is real? Check out these common sex myths for the truth about sex.

Planning with Protection 

Having sex involves risks such as unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs). Condoms are one of the best ways for a man to protect himself and his partner. Looking for free condoms? Check out our provider list to find free condoms near you.

Another way to lessen risk when it comes to sex is to get checked. If you have sores, pain, drainage, or other changes in the genital area, contact your health care provider to get it checked out. Some things that they may check out include:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or others, see your health care provider to have them addressed.

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Understanding health risks is one thing. Taking preventive action to reduce your risks — like seeing your healthcare provider to get regular screenings — is just as important.

Where to Get Free Condoms


Be a Great Dad!

While anyone can have a baby, it takes love and responsibility to become a good dad. Many fathers say that the key to doing so involves prioritizing the health of your mind, body, and soul.

Do you want children? Now, later, or never?

Looking for tips on how to be a good dad? We can help:

Additional Resources

Below are resources and outside services that can help.

C’mon Man/Man Up

Man Up is a gender-based mentoring program targeting “at-promise” boys ranging from 10 to 25 years old. Man Up embraces a variety of evidence-informed modalities to encourage, educate, and empower boys during their early developmental life span. The program was started in 2004 by caring parents in western Sussex County, Delaware.

The ReManned Project

The ReManned Project is a nonprofit coaching and consulting firm specializing in personal and leadership development for adult Black males. The project seeks to break the vicious cycle of missed potential so that adult Black males can transform their lives, leadership, and legacy.

Peer Educators

Create healthy, safe communities with this woman-to-woman movement. The program arms young adults with the tools to educate others about African Americans’ disproportionately high infant mortality rates.

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