The Program is scheduled to run from March 7 through May 3, 2014. The Program is designed specifically for your seventh-grade young Black male who, like our Director Damario Solomon-Simmons, come from single-mother households. The Program will culminate during the exciting 2nd Annual Fatherhood Weekend (“Weekend”) May 2-4, 2014.

Our mentoring program is unique.  It does not consist of the typical “buddy sessions,” and frankly addresses the crushing intersection of institutional racism, generational poverty, low external and internal expectations, “stereotype threats,” and lack of optimal family dynamics. The Program will integrate hip-hop language, culturally based education, practical and relevant life skills, entertaining team building activities, and committed mentors.


Program Mission: To inform, inspire, and empower Black male students to seek, find, and maximize their education, career, and social opportunities.

Program Philosophy:  “The mere parting of information is not education.  Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think for himself.”  Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month and author of Mis-education of the Negro.

Program “Bridges to Success”:  The “bridges” below, working in concert, will ensure that the Program fulfills its mission, successfully facilitates understanding of its core topics, and confidently accomplishes its goals:

  • Selected  readings and discussions of culturally relevant topics
  • Professional  life skills presentations
  • Group  social activities


Program Life Skills Topics:  In addition to academic instruction, for today’s young Black male (YBM) students to meet their full potential, relevant and practical life skills must be discussed, understood, and mastered from the Black male perspective.  To accomplish this goal, life skills taught by professionals will be offered to the YBM, including but not limited to:

  • Male/female relationships
  • Anger management/conflict resolution
  • Effective communication
  • Decision making
  • Developing a successful image
  • Dealing with peer pressure
  • Abstinence/STD prevention
  • Budgeting:  needs vs. wants
  • Gang prevention
  • Nutrition/Health
  • Car Repair Skills 101
  • Home Repair Skills 101
  • Dining etiquette
  • Teen domestic violence
  • Real family values


 Program Goals:

  • Improve  academic achievement of participating YBM during the Spring 2014 Semester
  • Decrease  disciplinary issues of participating YBM during the Spring 2014 Semester
  • Improve  class participation of participating YBM during Spring 2014 Semester
  • Improve  class attendance for participating  YBM during Spring 2014 Semester
  • Enhance cultural awareness for participating YBM during Spring 2014 Semester
  • Teach  participating YBM  the difference between  boyhood, malehood, and manhood
  • Teach participating YBM relevant and practical  life skills.
  • Increase the self-esteem, self-confidence, and  self-respect of participating YBM