How we can Stop the Trend.

We introduce Black men to STEAM education by providing mentorship and teaching opportunities with middle school boys. We facilitate experiences that help these young men realize that they can teach, want to teach, and need to teach.

We are not a teacher recruitment program. We are a teacher discovery program. Mentors and teaching fellows are college students who leverage our programs to determine their why. They frequently reflect on the intersection between their personal identities, their experiences as students, and the impact that they now have in this program. This combination of experience and reflection empowers our fellows to obtain and retain careers in education.

Our vision

Black households can attain financial freedom. Income tends to rise with educational attainment and Black male teachers yield better academic outcomes for all students, particularly boys of color.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to increase the number of Black men who enter the pipeline to become teachers. Black men make up 2% of the national teaching force and 1% in Boston Public Schools.

Our values

We lead with empathy, act with integrity, experience growth through struggle, and learn through reflection.
Our values of empathy, integrity, growth, and reflection guide our work.

Our promise

We do not believe that it is inevitable for Black households to have no wealth by 2053. We will place hundreds of Black men in teaching positions over the next generation to stop the trend.

After School Mentor Program

We are hiring Black male college students to serve as mentors to middle school boys at our after school program! 

Mentors will be assigned to groups of 3-4 boys to engage in pre-designed STEAM activities. All teams will meet together with an experienced educator who will facilitate the activity and support mentors.

Mentors will receive a $800 stipend for training and mentoring during the 6-8 week program. Mentoring sessions are 60-90 minutes followed by a brief reflection. You will prepare for the following session by attending a webinar with the rest of the mentors each week.

Interested in becoming a paid mentor? Contact us!

Scholars will be assigned to a STEAM Team, which consists of a mentor and 3-4 scholars. They will engage in a project-based STEAM curriculum that develops and assesses 21st century skills. The mentors will lead the team through the projects. Scholars are male students in the 5th-8th grades at our partner schools.

Interested in becoming a partner school? Contact us!

Stay Tuned for our 2021 Summer Program!

Our full summer program will launch in 2021. During the school year, our mentors work with small groups after school. In the summer, we'll hire fellows to teach classes of 5th-8th grade boys to prevent the summer slide through mentorship.

In addition to launching our summer program, we have other updates that we want to keep the community informed about! Sign up to receive our newsletter and the latest updates about our growth and opportunities.

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We are He Is Me.

Meet the He is Me board members. Interested in working with us? Get in touch.

Robert J. Hendricks III

Founder & Executive Director, He is Me Institute

Orin M. Gutlerner

Chief People Officer, The Possible Project

Gregory A. Blaize

City of Boston, Deputy Director, My Brother's Keeper

Ryan B. Riley

Senior Manager, TNTP

Fabienne Francois-Morisset

Quality Assurance Senior Supervisor, Santander Bank

Upcoming Events

Jan 25, 2020

Black Male Educator Brunch

We are looking for Black male educators to join us for a FREE brunch on Saturday, January 25th at 12:30pm at Little House in Dorchester. You’ll use this space to network with other Black male educators in greater Boston to develop your own team of support as well as to engage in conversations about the need and impact of Black men in schools.


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