Studies show that when boys of color have male educators of color, they are more likely to graduate from high school, experience increased self-esteem, and have greater chances of pursuing post-secondary education. Unfortunately, only 2% of teachers in public schools are black men. Although there are efforts to recruit men of color into education, schools and districts struggle more with retention than recruitment. Currently, male educators of color are 5x more likely to leave the profession than other groups. Our goal is to empower black male leaders to empower black male learners.
In the United States, a black public school student is suspended every four seconds. Black students are also 3.5 times more likely than white students to be suspended or expelled. Within this group, black male students fare the worst. Having one black male teacher in school reduces a black male student's probability of being suspended & dropping out of high school by 30%.
Our mission is to address the inequity the under-representation of black male educators and mentors creates in society. To improve black male students' academic and social outcomes through increased support of black male educators. To grow and retain the number of black male mentors so that historically disenfranchised students can reap the benefits of a genuinely diverse educational experience. Leaders To Learners' function is to develop, support, and retain black male educators through initiatives that ensure black male students reach their full potential by injecting funds and resources directly into their communities.
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Where is my money going?
The short answer: straight to the educators and students. Leaders to Learners is a unique grant-based non-profit that gives funds directly to Black male educators for a particular purpose: to significantly increase Black male students’ chances of high school graduation, college, and career readiness by supporting the Black male educators who increase their chances of getting there.
While there are programs to increase the number of Black male educators, there is a need for more as men of color only make up 2% of the teaching population. Furthermore, different charities and fellowships focus on various aspects of the crisis; none do what Leaders To Learners do, giving direct physical, tangible, and monetary support in the classroom. There is a great movement happening in the U.S. currently. Leaders to Learners was birthed directly from that movement, fueled by ongoing social injustice and an educator's desire to dismantle systemic racism where it begins, with education. Together we must close the equity gap, but you cannot put young men of color in positions of power if we can't get them there. Please help us get them there; donate now and join our social justice movement.
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