He is Me Institute

I AM KING Mentorship for Boys of Color

The I AM KING (IAK) Mentorship program gives boys of color the opportunity to build their social-emotional learning skills with the support of Black male college students. For 24 weeks, boys meet weekly in small groups to engage in pre-designed activities that develop their self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills, and decision-making abilities. The curriculum is divided into two 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. 

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.

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.