Welcome to Mind Expansion Community Services (MECS), Inc.

"Expanding minds in our community through creative concepts to address issues facing youth, families, educators and caregivers!"

Mind Expansion Community Services (MECS), Inc is a 501c3 tax exempt public charity based in Southern Prince George’s County Maryland established in 2007. In 2006, the Hidden Inspirations Project (HIP) Kids was founded in response to a medical emergency in a middle school classroom. HIP Kids is a unique community service initiative to bridge the social gap between typical peers and differently-abled peers sponsored by MECS. HIP Kids has a commitment to serve a unique group of youth mildly impacted by hidden disabilities. Our mission is to bring awareness to the community one peer group, family and service organization at a time about hidden medical conditions such as Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Sensory Integration Disorders, ADD/ADHD, etc. that can cause social tension like teasing, bullying, isolation, misunderstandings and peer rejection among school aged peers by establishing social networks and family support systems through a program that merges music (universal language), science (brain and body functions), socio-medical presentations (Aspergers Syndrome) and social sensitivity (to accept and respect differences in others).


Our goal is to encourage our peers to accept, tolerate and respect anyone who is different in race, creed, color, religion, sex, intelligence, physical appearance and social abilities to reduce peer rejection which leads to isolation many times resulting in teen suicide! Help us come together with awareness and social networking to build self esteem and to promote peer peace in our community.


Did you know?

  • The kiwi bird is the inspiration for our logo since it possesses many hidden talents, just like our kids! Kiwis have one of the strongest senses of smell of the whole bird family!
  • Autism affects 1 in every 110 people in the United States.
  • MECS Social Ambassadors Scholarship, funded by The Stafford Foundation, has given $5000 each year since 2010 to students that manage hidden disabilities.
  • Olympian Michael Phelps, singer Justin Timberlake, and actor Will Smith have all been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). 
  • HIP Kids was featured on CNN's "In Focus" in 2011 and on NBC 4's "Hyperlink" in 2010.

Join Us, Support Us, Follow Us!

Whether you are a lifetime advocate or new to our cause, we invite you to join us. We welcome new ideas and value enthusiasm from members and volunteers, new and old.


If you or your child need help paying for college, consider our Social Ambassadors Scholarship, supported though the Stafford Foundation. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to MECS, which helps to support our organizational costs! A special thanks to family member Terri Greene for making  donations to MECS from her payroll and getting her employer to match a portion through First Giving. Please check with your employer to see if this is an option for you!


To stay current with MECS and HIP Kids news and events, join us on Facebook and Twitter.


P. O. Box 593, Brandywine, Maryland | (202) 327-0972 

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