M.A.D.D. Poets Society

Making A Direct Difference


We are committed to making a positive impact on our community.
We promote diversity in our programs.


Columbia University

With the contributions the Madd Poets Society made to my confidence I charged
into my senior year of high school.


Waite High School - University of Toledo

This exposure gave me the ability to navigate the obstacles of my collegiate career
and ultimately earn my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Creative Writing.

Amir Abed

Rogers High School - Ohio State University

Madd Poets Society saved my life. I can attribute my development as a man, a student,
and a Professional Poet to the program.

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Our plan is simple yet vast: to provide every youth, regardless of circumstance, a stage to speak profound truth and create social change.

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and old fashioned personal instruction

The mission of the Madd Poets Society - Making a Direct Difference Youth Program is to stimulate growth and imagination through the arts.

Success Story


I joined the Madd Poets Society when I was just eleven years old. Recalling myself at that age, I was petrified by the idea of standing up in front of people, let alone, read my own personal poetry to another person. During meetings, performances, and social events, the MPS staff and the fellow poets built a strong rapport that allowed for an extremely comfortable environment for learning how to write and present poetry. There were exercises and consistent constructive feedback that helped me think more deeply about my writing and how I was presenting myself to an audience. This is because the Madd Poets Society teaches a poet to be conscious about strengths and areas of improvements, but I never once felt like my work was not good. Rather, it lit a fire in me to better myself. What initially terrified me quickly became one of the highlights of my week. This program made me realize just how thrilling it is to get up in front of crowd, big or small, and make a personal connection through literary expression. As a recent college graduate, I look back and recognize how much the Madd Poets contributed to my confidence and enthusiasm for writing and speaking in front of others.

My experiences in this program instilled a passion for literature and public speaking that ultimately lead to my decision to become a teacher. I hope to inspire and teach my students as much as the Madd Poets Society has inspired and taught me.

Kayla Owczarzak
Whitmer High School - University of Toledo



M.A.D.D. POETS Teaching

The Madd Poets Society teaches poetry as a holistic means of touching others with powerful messages that heal the human spirit. We teach that there is an inner poetry in all of us and the combination of one's thoughts and feelings provide a definite stage for artistic expression.


Active Minds, Active in The Community
Active Mentoring and Poetry

  • Community
  • Peotry
  • Mentoring
  • Gym


Our plan is simple yet vast: To provide every youth, regardless of circumstance, a stage to speak profound truth and create social change
- David Bush - founder

David L. Bush is the Founder of MADD Poets Society has worked tirelessly with youth in the Toledo Metropolitan area since 1999 and is all about Making A Direct Difference in them and the community.

David Bush

Founder and Executive Director

LeSean has worked with MADD Poets Society, for 5 years holding positions such as Director of Mentoring among other tasks.

LeSean Shaw

Site Director

Cameisha has over 3 years of experience in projects such as mentoring consultant and project manager in the areas of personal development.

Cameisha Singer

Site Director


We don't do good- We do Great

Larome Myrick - St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio and Warrensville Hts HS in Cleveland. Graduate of the Univ. of Toledo with a degree in Healthcare Administration and Masters in Organizational Leadership from Lourdes Univ. in 2009.


Board President

Jeff has a degree in Information Systems as well as an MBA. He is currently employed at the University of Toledo, responsible for data management for online education. Jeff has served regularly on the Board of the Madd Poets Society since 2008.


Board Vice President

Chalise Morris - was born and raised in Toledo, OH. She has a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a double minor in Sociology and Physiology.


Board Secretary

Rashonda Hall, Registered Nurse Emergency Room Nurse for five years. Employed at St.Lukes and Toledo Hospital. Board Member of Madd Poets Society for five years. Graduate from University of Toledo and Mercy College of Northwest Ohio.


Board Member

Marcus L. Sneed, a proud graduate of Jesup W. Scott High School and The University of Toledo with a bachelor's degree and is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in organizational leadership from the U of Toledo College of Business and Innovation.

Marcus Sneed

Board Member

Mary-Thom Williams BA, Heidelberg College, BA Elementary Education, Master's in Library Science from the U of Michigan, Medical Librarianship. Lt. Col Mary-Thom retired from the Air National Guard in 2009, and the highest ranking African American female officer in the state of Ohio, and the first Black female commander at the 180th Fighter Wing.


Board Member

Diana Bush was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She is currently the Senior Director of Program and Operations for Read for Literacy. Diana has been a Madd Poets Society board member for 3 years. She and her husband have four children and four grandchildren.


Board Member