Two young black men believe teachers can change the future of a race

When Teach For America first came to Charlotte, I recall the organizers saying their goal was for alumni to stay engaged in public education long after their two-year teaching stints end.

Now that the national teacher recruitment program has been in town for more than a decade, I’m starting to see how that plays out, with TFA alums popping up as local school board candidates, charter school operators and even North Carolina’s new superintendent.

Add to that list Jason Terrell and Mario Jovan Shaw, co-founders of a Charlotte-based nonprofit group that seeks to improve the future of young black men by supporting African-American male teachers. Shaw, 27, and Terrell, 26, were recently recognized in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” feature on social entrepreneurs.