M. O. V. E: The “Men on the Verge of Excellence” Initiative

If you are interest in joining MOVE, contact Phoenix Worthy at pworthy@southwest.tn.edu or 901-333-4179.


Men on the Verge of Excellence (M.O.V.E) is an organization at Southwest Tennessee Community College. The mission of M.O.V.E is to increase the retention and graduation rate of African American Males (AAM) at Southwest Tennessee community College.

The Goal of M.O.V.E

To play a pivotal role in framing and solving college and life issues through the wisdom and vision of the committee and the “Big Brother” mentors.

Monthly Assembly

In monthly group sessions, M.O.V.E students will learn career, personal, and life skills from the college committee, mentors, and community business leaders. Monthly assembly will include topics such as college support resources, mental health, manhood, professional etiquette, and job readiness. Mentoring and individual coaching workshops along with peer fellowship and support are additional components of M.O.V.E.

Big Brother

The role of the “Big Brother” mentor is to serve as a guide, role model, and an expert to the fellow. The role will vary depending upon the need of each fellow. The “Big Brother” helps to identify an atmosphere to unite, educate, and empower the community

Men on The Verge of Excellence is a continuous journey even after graduating from Southwest. On this journey, one must know that the heart is the beacon that lights the way.

  • Teaching to be more responsible
  • Independent
  • Respectful to self and others
  • Empathic
  • Inspiring and motivating
  • Obtain leadership qualities
  • Positive decision-making skills

Why join M.O.V.E

  • Support in retention and guide to graduation for AAM at Southwest.
  • Enhancing AAM student academics, personal and social development
  • Career Readiness
  • Self-Image
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Monthly resource and information sessions
  • The Networking and Bonding experience
  • Be a part of the M.O.V.E

Membership eligibility for M.O.V.E

Becoming a MAN on the Verge of Excellence Initiative means that you are dedicated to becoming the best man that you can be starting with successful progression to graduation.  Through exclusive resources, programs, and services, MOVE men have a unique opportunity to focus on the journey of life by laying the groundwork for future success.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete the M.O.V.E assessment form
  • The applicant should be a male or male-identifying student at Southwest.
  • While the organization is primarily focused on African Americans, all races, creed, color, sexual or gender orientation, and nationalities are accepted if he meets the other requirements.


  • Potential members do not have to meet a minimum cumulative GPA or equivalent standard of excellence.
  • Provide an academic progress report to the M.O.V.E staff the 6th week of each semester.

To remain a member in good standing, student should see a successful progression towards graduation. Substantial decreases in GPA or Academic probations could result in suspension or removal from the program.


  • No one is perfect, and we don’t expect you to be. While we care about your past, we do not let it define who you are now and who you want to be in the future.
  • A man of MOVE should be above all else demonstrate high standards of honesty, respectability, curiosity, reliability and courtesy for himself and to others.


In Spring 2019, a group of African American men, as well as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Southwest Tennessee Community College recognized that the retention and graduation rate of African American males were on the decline. They realized that there was a great need for an organization that would supply, reinforce, and support the need of African American Males (AAM) to help increase the retention and graduation rate at the college. M.O.V. E’s purpose is to promote a greater awareness and understanding of the educational challenges concerning the minority male, as well as becoming role models and mentors.