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.

Past Program

Our "I AM King" Mentoring Program is designed for men of color to facilitate activities that provide opportunities for boys of color to gain the social emotional skills and language that they need to manage their own lives and identities.

Using proven social-emotional and academic learning standards, the participants will not only experience personal development, but they will also experience academic growth.

Fellowship Program

The He is Me Fellowship is designed to provide Black male college students with the tools and passion to feel empowered to teach.

Fellows begin their year teaching in our boys summer program. Our fellows are then placed at our partner schools to mentor small groups of boys in our after-school program.
Download the brochure to learn about the Year Long Fellowship Program.

Learn more about the fellow and scholar experience below!

Fellows are enrolled at our partner colleges and can join us every year after their freshman year. As fellows, you will receive coaching and training throughout the year. Upon graduation, we help you obtain a teaching job and/or a teacher residency. And, you can expect networking and development opportunities from us throughout your career!

By the end of the year, you will have had experiences teaching and mentoring middle school boys while building your own self-awareness and leadership skills. You would have made a lasting impact on many boys who look like you.

Interested in becoming a college partner or want your college to partner with us? Contact us!

Middle school students (scholars) are 5th-8th grade boys at our partner schools. Your students benefit by learning from men who look like them during the summer, then they work more closely with one of the men during the school year.

During the year, scholars will engage in personal and academic development with their mentor. They will reflect on their experiences to help you develop tools, resources, or perspective to hire more men who look like them to work in your school.

You also have the opportunity to work directly with potential Black male teachers during the fellowship year.

Interested in becoming a school partner? Contact us!

Stay Tuned for our 2021 fellowship and more!

Our full fellowship program will launch in 2021. Don't miss out!

In the meantime, we developed a social-emotional and self-identity development activity for boys of color. We place Black male mentors in our partner schools to help students complete this virtual activity.

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