Motivational speaker, Youth Advocate, Director of Gun Violence Awareness Month, and Gang Specialist are just a few of the many titles that Shanduke McPhatter holds. Although recognized for his community works and activism, Shanduke is no stranger to the street life or mentality.
Growing up in foster care, and later, a single parent home of 5, Shanduke’s childhood was bleak with a future destined for failure. First introduced to the world of violence in 1994, Shanduke was incarcerated at Riker’s Island at the age of 16. Over the next decade or so, Shanduke would soon find himself in and out of Riker’s Island and state prison. Becoming one of the first adolescent members of the New York Bloods, the Brooklyn native quickly moved up the ranks receiving his moniker “Trife Gangsta”.
Shanduke’s fast life of money & violence would soon come to a halt after he is arrested in 2005. While being confined in a “23 hour days” special housing unit, Shanduke began the initial process to transform his life for the better. Upon his release in 2008, Shanduke immersed himself into his work as a conflict mediator and would soon become the face of the gun violence awareness movement.
Shanduke now is the Executive Director and Founder of the 501 (c) 3 nonprofit Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc. (G-M.A.C.C.). Gaining nationwide notoriety for their work and contributions, G-M.A.C.C. acts as a voice and a vessel for the young and misguided. By connecting the street soldiers and scholars to the community, G-M.A.C.C has helped high-risk youth overcome the very same challenges they all once faced.
From working with the formerly incarcerated, to working with the high-risk youth, Shanduke is dedicated to changing the lives of the misguided through education, motivation, healthy living, and knowledge.