Striving for community equity through education.

Black male teachers have a great impact on schools and districts. Unfortunately, with only 2% of teachers identifying as Black males, most students never get the benefit of having a Black male teacher.

The black male teacher effect
More Likely To Enroll In College

Just one Black teacher can increase Black kids' enrollment in college and reduce dropout rates.

Black Kids Will Perform Better 

Biased expectations by teachers have long-term effects on student outcomes.

Increased Equality and Fairness

Studies show that having more male teachers of color positively affects every school kid regardless of race.

Reduced Rate of Expulsion

There are 3.5 million Black boys in K-12 who deserve opportunities for lifelong success.

Black men as classroom teachers have been shown to boost educational outcomes for Black boys.

We develop direct paths for Black males to become and remain teachers in their local communities. Our Education Equity Initiative takes a holistic approach to improving our communities.

Education Equity Initiative Partners

Schools and education institutions, and researchers, increasingly understand the value and impact that Black male teachers can make. Unfortunately, since a mere 2% of teachers identify as Black males, most students never get this benefit.

Districts & Schools

Districts and schools join the Education Equity Initiative by implementing programs that allow Black boys to experience Black male teachers.

Colleges & Universities

Colleges and universities join the Education Equity Initiative by enrolling their Black male students into programs that expose them to teaching.

Teacher Residencies

Teacher residency programs join the Education Equity Initiative by recruiting and preparing more qualified Black men through their programs.

Advocacy Groups

Advocacy groups support our initiative by influencing partners, policies, and practices that help us attain our mission while learning best practices from us.

Funding Partners

Funding partners invest in and are committed to the long-term endeavor of recruiting, retaining, and retiring Black men from teaching.


Families support our mission by ensuring that boys of color in their local schools have an early introduction to the teaching profession.

Introducing Black men to
teaching careers

Educational attainment is proven to be correlated with wealth. We developed an Education Ecosystem consisting of networks, mentorship, and programs that lead to higher education attainment for boys of color.

HE IS ME Fellowship Network
I AM KING Mentorship Program
TEACH LOCAL Development Program
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The He is Me Effect

(My son) is really enjoying the program (I Am King). He thought it would be something he wouldn’t be into at first, but he has more interest in the program after the first meeting.

Can’t wait for Saturday. (meaning second session)
I think this will not only help him with understanding who he is,
but alleviate some of his social anxiety.

I think many college campuses would be able to motivate young black men to pursue further education. It also is so helpful to us in school because it teaches us many things to help us in our careers and professional settings.

This would be a great opportunity to get He Is Me into schools
as part of an after school program.

After seeing the impact it has left on my two young gentleman as well as my younger cousin who also participated in He Is Me I would not hesitate to recommend as many young men as possible to gain this experience!

He Is Me Institute is opening doors for Black men to enter careers in education. They have created cohorts of visible, connected leaders whose knowledge and life experiences make them powerful, positive role models for today’s students.

The He is Me Effect


College students


Boys of color impacted


Black men impacted


He Is Me volunteers

Want to join the cause? He is Me offers various opportunities to support, participate, or partner with us.

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Do you help schools hire Black male teachers?
How do I bring the I AM KING program to my school or district?
I am not a Black male. Can I still participate?
What happens after the Fellowship?
How do I become a Fellow?
Do any of the programs cost?
Can my child/student sign up for a mentor through He is Me?
I am not an educator nor a funder. How can I support He is Me?
How can I donate to He is Me?