He is Me Institute

Teach Local Fellowship for College Seniors

The Teach Local Fellowship is an in-depth yearlong opportunity for Black male college seniors to begin their path into education.

​1) Summer Institute: In the summer before senior year, Fellows take a course and seminar that builds their knowledge of the history of education, identity awareness, and culture. Simultaneously, Fellows facilitate a summer book club for middle school boys of color.

2) Mentorship: During the school year, Fellows serve as mentors in the I AM KING Mentoring program to apply the skills that they learned and practiced over the summer.

3) Alumni Network: Our alumni have access and support to apply and enroll in teacher certification and development programs provided by our partners.


We offer the Teach Local Fellowship in communities where we have launched the Education Equity Initiative.

    I AM KING Mentorship for Boys of Color

    The I AM KING (IAK) Mentorship program gives Black male college students the opportunity to mentor boys of color in social-emotional learning. The mentoring program helps young boys develop a sense of self while giving Black male college students the opportunity to explore teaching.


    The I AM KING program is 24 weeks and expands over the course of a school year. The curriculum is divided into two semester-long units.

    1. ​Unit 1: Self-Discovery. In this unit, mentees learn how to identify emotions, so that they have a better understanding of self and can respond to and manage their emotions appropriately. 
    2. Unit 2: Social-Discovery. In this unit, mentees learn how their actions impact others and vice versa, especially with a diverse group of people and in different social settings. 

    Mentors from our program join our alumni network to get additional support to become and remain a teacher.

    He is Me Institute collaborates with schools, colleges, and teacher certification programs to build an ecosystem that empowers Black men to obtain and retain careers in education.

    Members of our local Black male teacher pipelines are committed to providing opportunities for Black males to: 

    1. Experience Black male educators,
    2. Gain exposure to the teaching profession, 
    3. Explore their individual and collective identities as teachers, and
    4. Expand their skills in curriculum, instruction, and leadership.