The maac program can be carried out in prisons as well. Below is a brief description of the program to give you a sense of what it's like and how it can be adapted to suit your needs. We provide a full guide (pdfs or digital format), with worksheets, slides, and other resources to help professionals implement the maac program in detention facilities. As every situation is unique, we'd be interested in your comments too, to build a database of guides for different circumstances.


week 1: Introduction

Strength based exercise to identify strengths. Introducing different themes to trigger different ideas and possible actions for change. Specific examples are given. This week is designed to plant the seed that they can do something, to get people motivated to continue.

week 2: idea generation

Brainstorming different ideas. As a group, goal is to come up with 20 different ideas of possible actions for change. Rules of brainstorming are explained - quantity over quality. In groups of 4 with sets of post-its, people try to come up with as many ideas as possible, based on themes presented in previous session.

week 3: idea selection

In groups of 2, people choose 3 ideas from the ideas generated as a group that they may be interested in pursuing. Each pair then makes a pitch for why it will make a difference. This transforms the "it's only a drop in the ocean" feeling to a "wow, if we all recycled one plastic cup a day, it really makes a difference!"

week 4: Destination postcard

Each person chooses 1 idea to work on. They write a destination postcard of what situation will look like when they’ve succeeded. Key for goal setting, this will motivate them and help keep them on path.


WEEK 5 : Action plan

Using goal-setting tools, residents construct a step-by-step action plan, with specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and timely goals to get them on their way. This can also be done using mindmaps. Worksheets provided.

Week 6: communication

People write a 3-4 sentence description of their project. They identify 2 media sources (local newspaper, local radio station) and find two contact addresses. They send their description to the contact addresses. This is all provided on worksheets to make the steps easier.


Week 7: GO!

Depending on the group and the projects, this week can be extended to several weeks to carry out the steps described in the individual action plans.

Week 8: Future steps

People exchange on where they are in their projects and where they will go in the near and distant future. Also a time for exchange on what the program has brought them.