By 2053, the Black median household wealth is projected to fall to $0. We are on a mission to STOP THE TREND through education. Although Black male teachers have a profound impact on student learning, only 2% of teachers identify as such. Our goal is to empower Black men to obtain and retain careers in teaching, so that they can change the trajectory for the next generation of Black youth.


How we Empower Black Men

We introduce Black men to education by providing opportunities to explore teaching as a career. They learn about their own identities, research education equity issues, and work directly with students via mentoring. Our programs facilitate experiences that help young Black 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. Participants 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 our programs. 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 Mission

Our purpose is to increase the number of Black men who enter the pipeline to become teachers.

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 Declaration

We empower Black men to have the tools and passion to ensure that Black boys can navigate their personal and academic life with the support, care, and love that they deserve.


I AM KING Virtual Mentor Program

Black male college students from across the nation virtually mentor middle school boys of color. Mentors are provided with our social-emotional learning curriculum and ongoing coaching to co-facilitate weekly activities activities with a group of young men. Our curriculum includes racial identity exploration and literacy development. These authentic experiences are designed to introduce Black males to the teaching profession by making a direct impact on students who look like them.


Education Equity Fellowship Program

Black male college students commit their senior year to gaining more experience in education. Fellows enroll in June and spend the summer learning and researching topics related to education equity, social-emotional learning, and identity-awareness. During the school year, fellows participate in our I AM KING virtual mentoring program. Throughout the year, Fellows connect their experiences and research to their impact, then matriculate into our partner teacher residency programs.


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