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OUR APPROACH

Our community-centered programs mold bold, resilient, and fierce young men into critical thinkers, problem-solvers, innovators, community leaders, and powerful men committed to uplifting their community!

THE CHALLENGE

Systemic racism and biased criminal justice policies have negatively impacted Black and Brown communities, specifically Black and Brown men. These interconnected systemic failures create disparities for Black and Brown men compared to white males.

EDUCATION

Over 50% of Black males in urban areas do not graduate from high school. Black males are 3.5 times more likely to be suspended or expelled than white males. 1 in 4 Black students with disabilities will likely be suspended compared to 1 in 20 white students.

EMPLOYMENT

The unemployment rate of Black men in all age groups is 2X higher than other racial/ethnic groups.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

52% of Black men who fail to finish high school end up in prison.
Black males are 3x more likely to die from gun violence than graduate college.
Over
70% of students involved in school-related arrests or referred to law enforcement are Black or Hispanic.

WHAT WE DO

Using a community-centered and holistic strategy, we promote scholarship, resilience, community, innovation, and brotherhood using our 3 Es approach.

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EDUCATE

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We facilitate scholarship and a growth mindset among our youth through Social Justice-based pedagogies.

ENCOURAGE

We harness Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to promote emotional growth, intelligence, and mental wellness, allowing our youth to live healthy and prosperous lives.

ENGAGE

We create opportunities promoting resilience, community, accountability, and brotherhood among our youth to become fierce leaders, innovators, and advocates.

WHY WE DO IT

We believe Black and Brown male youth deserve equity, justice, opportunity, and a promising future that isn't influenced by systemic racism. We believe that Black and Brown boys and men's destiny isn't mass incarceration or death.  Guided by our mission, vision, and core values, we believe in the power of community to create positive outcomes for Black and Brown males. We are committed to creating and providing opportunities for Black and Brown male youth to grow and thrive. Our approach is centered on and reflects our community. We recognize that our work requires constant change and adaptation to remain relevant in meeting the needs of our young men. 

 

 

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