Five Black Men Launch Statesmen College Prep Academy for Boys

When our people really want better for our community, they do what is needed to ensure that the next generation won’t have to worry about a thing. 

One of the ways that our community is starting to give back is through education. This year the creation of charter schools by Black professionals have been on the rise, and it is a beautiful thing because our Black students, especially our Black boys need quality education. 

The founders of Statesmen College Prep Academy for Boys talked with young boys from around the neighborhood, and they had a lot to say about what they experience in schools every day.  

What would happen to these young men if a school was designed with the them in mind; where the school day was structured for them, where the curriculum was chosen for them, and most importantly, where that instruction was planned and delivered with them in mind?

Boys sometimes feel the need to join gangs because they do not feel deeply known and unconditionally accepted. In a gang, good or bad, they find safety, role models, status and respect.

Additionally, the gang can provide a mission that they work collectively to achieve within a group that will support them in getting it done.  Why not do that at school where their gifts and talents can be directed towards a worthy cause.  

This is why Statesmen College Prep Academy for Boys was launched. It is a pedagogy-focused relationship-centered school environment designed to give these young men what they need to excel – A Tight Knit Crew and A Worthy Cause – a cause beyond that which can be superficially found elsewhere.

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