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 integrates hip-hop language, culturally-based education, practical and relevant life skills, entertaining team building activities, and committed mentors.
To inform, inspire, and empower Black male students to seek, find, and maximize their education, career, and social opportunities.
“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
Author of Mis-Education of the Negro
Program Bridges to Success
These bridges, working in concert, ensures 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.
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 are offered to the YBM.
Program Life Skills Topics
- 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
- Car Repair Skills 101
- Home Repair Skills 101
- Dining Etiquette
- Teen Domestic Violence
- Real Family Values
- Improve academic achievement of participating YBM.
- Decrease disciplinary issues of participating YBM.
- Improve class participation of participating YBM.
- Improve class attendance for participating YBM.
- Enhance cultural awareness for participating YBM.
- 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.
Ready to be part of the solution?
Your donation of any amount is welcome and will bring positive, lasting change to the lives of young men in Tulsa.
Join our mentorship program and share your life skills with young men who have no one else to look up to.
As a business owner or organizational leader, show the community you care by sponsoring the MVPs.