Mubarak Lawrence

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Mubarak Lawrence

2016 Black Male Achievement Fellow
Founder of Ones Up with Alex Peay

Mubarak Lawrence 2016 Black Male Achievement Fellow

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Drive economic growth in disadvantaged communities by helping young people uncover their interests and skills and guide them on their career path.


Mubarak Lawrence leading a critical-thinking icebreaker with middle school students in North Philadelphia as part of Ones Ups after-school programming.

Rising Sons team with Rising Stars during a family day event. Photo courtesy of Ones Up.


Ones Up works to hone the skills, talents, and passion of young adults ages 18 to 35 to transform disadvantaged communities. By helping participants determine what they want to do and what skills they possess, the organization places members into an experience pathway that enables them to create, facilitate, and execute assignments. Program pathways include, but are not limited to, administration, peer-to-peer mentoring, community projects, youth enrichment, public speaking, and entertainment. Ones Up’s ultimate goal is to build and establish economic growth in disadvantaged communities empowered by young people.


Mubarak Lawrence supervises the organization’s operations and special events. He has served as the vice president for five years, since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics. Since 2010, he has created, implemented, and developed curriculum for youth and young adult programming. The organization, originally called Rising Sons, is transforming into Ones Up to broaden and sustain the organization’s impact in disadvantaged communities.

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