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Helping Young African American Men reach their educational dreams throughout the State of Colorado.
The Brotherhood is an organization dedicated to the educational development of young African American men. We support our mission through mentorship, living with integrity, striving for academic and personal success, respecting and interacting effectively with others while positively transforming Colorado’s African American community.
The following is our core mission statement which we profess loudly and enthusiastically during our meetings:He had a dream: we are the dream
We are...leading by example
We are...achieving success
We are...lifting others up We are...making others take notice
We are...proud We are...the future
We are...the Dream
The Brotherhood a non-profit organization dedicated to giving African American students the guidance and support needed to reach their greatest academic potential. The Brotherhood gives these young men a community of dedicated mentors and positive role models - establishing a meaningful relationship of trust and encouragement that begins early in their academic career and follows them into adulthood. It is our goal to ensure that each and every student is given the opportunity to utilize their education, hone their personal talents and achieve successes in the real world.
The Brotherhood was first established in response to the persistent disparity between groups of students, especially those defined by their socioeconomic status, race and gender. Major groups like the U.S. Department of Education and the Education Equality Project have dedicated years researching what causes these achievement gaps, particularly among low-income minority students, and all evidence suggests that positive influences in schools and the greater community are what impact academic performance most. Though The Brotherhood targets African American males specifically, our organization is all-inclusive and does not segregate our members based on gender or ethnicity. By reaching out to African American males, our organization seeks to address the social stigmas and stereotypes that affect this demographic in particular.
Though the organization is less than a decade old, The Brotherhood has demonstrated a consistent trend of improvement in the average GPA and demeanor of members; resulting in a higher rate of students pursuing college and trade schools as a post-secondary education. In the next five years, it is our goal to expand our model to new schools and cities, reaching young African American males across the country through cooperation with parents, educators and other non-profit agencies.
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