American communities need more highly trained male leaders of color. The most foundational leaders in our communities are teachers. Today, less than 2% of America’s teaching force are Black males; less than 3% are Latino males. These leaders must be encouraged to fill this leadership void. They need space to learn, grow, and improve on their technical skills, while the social-emotional impact their presence will have on the children they are leading sets a foundation. In an elementary classroom, influencing and moving the children in the class toward a positive self-identity, all while improving educational outcomes, is the best place to nurture and challenge these leaders. The leadership skills and tactics developed during the Man The Bay Fellowship are transferable skills and tactics across industries. An important pillar of the Fellowship is to empower young men between the ages of 22 and 28 to develop and hone their leadership skills and styles through a commitment to high quality teaching; with love and positive energy. The commitment to teach in an elementary school has has a multiplier effect that this moment in history requires.
Since 2010, Urban Ed Academy (UEA) has worked to increase the levels of academic support for the students of color attending Bayview elementary schools through more robust in-class support, parental engagement, and character development. Over 87% of these students come from economically challenged neighborhoods with few positive role models and limited educational b attainment.
UEA was founded as a Saturday school with an emphasis on placing African American males with a passion for community in front of students who look like them. UEA believes that representation matters everywhere - especially in the classroom.