New Fellowship to Develop Teacher Prep Program for Black Men

Robert Hendricks, He is Me Institute Founder and Executive Director, was recently selected to join the 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellowship. The Tiny Fellowship helps new and aspiring founders take their idea to a proof point that is ready to grow. Hendricks and the He is Me Institute is one of 46 ventures selected to join the cohort out of a pool of over 240 applicants. 

“I am excited that 4.0 Schools is dedicated to helping social entrepreneurs that are still very early in developing their ideas,” Hendricks said. “Many of us have the ideas, but don’t necessarily have the time or resources to flesh out the details. We don’t know what we don’t know. I’m looking forward to the individualized coaching that comes with this fellowship as well. I’ve already been pushed by 4.0 to think about my strengths and opportunities for growth. 

“They will provide funding to focus on one specific aspect of piloting our program, so that we can start to make improvements early in the development of He is Me,” Hendricks added. 

This is the second grant opportunity that He is Me Institute received in the last month. The organization was one of 14 to receive funding and management assistance to diversify education.

About He is Me Institute

The He is Me Institute is a Boston-based nonprofit organization founded in 2018. We host STEAM programs for middle school boys of color and recruit Black men in college to serve as teaching fellows to facilitate the lessons. The fellows also spend time exploring their teaching experiences, their historical relationship with schools, and their overall perspectives given their own identities and personal stories. The goal of the fellowship is for Black males to walk away knowing that they can teach, want to teach, and need to teach. Upon college graduation, teaching fellows matriculate into teacher residency programs to hone the technical skills of teaching before entering the classroom as a full-time lead teacher. 

About 4.0 Schools

4.0 Schools is a national nonprofit that supports and invests in founders with early-stage ideas that they want to continue to develop. 4.0 offers two fellowships designed to help leaders build their ideas and leadership skills through funding and rigorous individualized coaching.


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