CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY DIVIDE

 

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that specializes in coaching, mentorship, and educational programming to at-risk youth in our communities.

Fostering Success Boys to Men, Inc. was established in 2016 out of a need to establish a platform to discuss personal and professional development in opportunity youth. Fostering Success, a multi-service organization, primarily provides coaching, mentorship, and educational programming to youth at risk.

Our mission is to close the opportunity divide by improving the positive life outcomes of at risk males through early awareness, educational mentorship and resource alignment.

We seek to decrease the incidences of homelessness, drug addiction, incarceration, unemployment, drop out and premature fatherhood disproportionately experienced by at risk males. The objective is to motivate, inspire and to empower African American boys and young men impacted by poverty to maximize their full potential and to thrive.

Check out our interview from People Powered Media reporter, Maria Bryant, below.

 

CONSULTING & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS


 

Our goal is to provide transformational programming to at risk youth and those who provide care for them. We offer customizable professional development workshops to faith-based institutions, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and educational institutions who service at risk males. 

In addition, we provide quality youth development programs that include:

The objective of this program is to bring a heightened awareness to the impact of black on black violence. The rap industry does a great job glamorizing gun violence but fails short on their depiction of what happens after the bullet is dislodged from the chamber. This program ties the Cradle to the Grave program with the various funeral directors around the city and paints a clear picture of the end result of violence specifically gun violence. The intended outcome of this program is to give a clear depiction of the lasting impact of gun violence beyond the popular sounds that plague the radios. This program comes with a free black on black apparel t-shirt! A Philadelphia version of the renown “scared straight program”.

BLACK ON BLACK LOVE
CHANGING THE NARRATIVE: DINE & DIALOGUE SERIES 

The objective of this interactive lecture series is to provide a platform to discuss the current issues African American men and boys face today. The goal of this series is to provide a safe platform to launch a much needed dialogue necessary to change the present narrative on black boys and men. A host of African American male professionals well versed in their respective fields will lead out the discussion. This is an interactive event for male teenage students, parents, or both. This series is accompanied by lunch or dinner.

EMERGING STEM LEADERS PROGRAM

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GOT SOME CHANGE

The objective of this program is to build the participants self-esteem, cultural awareness and self-empowerment through storytelling, call and response and poetry. This program can be combined with a writing workshop, group discussion and/or lecture on a relevant topic of your choice. Skilled story tellers and motivational speakers are equipped to empower those in attendance!

TIED TO SUCCESS: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

The objective of the Tied to Success: Career Development Series is to begin the process of closing the opportunity divide by educating the youth on the basics of soft and technical skill development. In depth career exploration and resource awareness is the foundation of this series. Participants will be exposed to career exploration tools, every day black male professionals, receive direct professional coaching and emerge with a resume, and cover letter. This series comes with a dining etiquette experience.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: RITES OF PASSAGE

The objective of the Fostering Success Youth Leadership Academy (FSYLA) is to reach to rescue at risk youth age 13-18, teach and transform them from unmotivated youth to youth passionate about success and to have a positive impact on their lives through intensive programming and intrusive mentorship. A 12-week program has been developed that addresses issues from positive self-image to leadership development. The series of workshops will be implemented by educated professionals who will ensure that the youth are equipped with the skills necessary to maximize their full potential as leaders.

 

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men"

Frederick Douglas

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DR. CRAIG SMITH
FOUNDER/CEO
DR. ANGIE WILLIAMS-McMICHAEL
LOVELLE McMICHAEL
(Mdiv, Med)
DR. AJANI CROSS