Currently, 2 states across the nation have a high school graduation rate of 80% for boys of color. Study’s show that when boys of color have male educators of color, they are more likely to graduate from high school, experience increase self-esteem, and have greater chances of pursuing a four-year college degree. Unfortunately, only 2% of teachers in public schools are men of color. Although there are efforts to recruit men of color into education, schools and districts struggle more with retaining men of color than recruiting. Currently, men of color leave the education profession higher than any other demographic.
Men of color experience high attrition because of 4 core reasons:
- Lack of Mentorship
- Lack of Professional Development
- Lack of Career Opportunities
- Barriers to Navigate the Profession
OUR MISSION & VISION
Our mission is to build a community of male educators of color who provide a profound additional impact on boys of color.
Our vision is to retain educators who dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline by establishing a cradle to career pipeline for boys of color.
Impact Cohorts form brotherhoods that allow Gentlemen to build relationships with other male educators of color. Additionally, Impact Leaders facilitate bi-monthly cohort gatherings, design individual support plans, and recommend programs to develop Gentlemen in our PG Focus Areas:
- Character Development
- Purpose and Professional Growth
- Creating a Mentoring Group
- Community and Civic Engagement