For almost a decade, we have created growth spaces that offer both healing and clarifying solutions to boys and men around the world. RBMA was created with the intention to not only serve young men that look like me, but to create a pipeline that redirects BIPOC (black, indigenous, and other people of color) men on a path of empowerment.
The narrative in the media and in society presents BIPOC men as in crisis or on the verge of extinction. Statistics in news reports and research point to the high rates of incarceration, unemployment, poverty, and school dropout. While these data are real and illuminate the disparities and social problems that exist, it is not the full story of the BIPOC community.
BIPOC men are and get to be more than just negative trends and statistics. Conversely, little is known and shared about the BIPOC men who are achieving and maximizing their potential despite the unfavorable factors and systems that are in place to keep them down.
Even less is known about how these high-achieving men navigate the world around them and how their mindsets and ways of interacting allow them to be the men they want to be.
That is why the Raising BIPOC Men Academy (RBMA) exists. Guided by the tenants of transformation, identity, intimacy and integrity, the RBMA is a 4-week program thoughtfully designed to expose young BIPOC men between the ages of 18-25 to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to live, lead and succeed.
Through this intensive, transformational program, RBMA Scholars are guided to set priorities and develop a laser-beam focus on their goals and success through:
● learning effective ways of managing their thoughts and emotions
● a deeper reflection and understanding of themselves and habits of mind
● learning to make responsible, strategic and impactful choices
● establishing and maintaining positive relationships
WHO IS THE RBMA SCHOLAR?
We refer to RBMA participants as Scholars because while enrolled, they become deep learners and thinkers about issues most critical to their lives and paths.
RBMA scholars are all between ages 18-25, self-identify as BIPOC and come from a range of social, familial, economic and educational backgrounds. Regardless of their starting place, each RBMA Scholar enters the program prepared to become a C.E.O. man.
WHAT SCHOLARS DISCOVER
The Lead Facilitators who will be shepherding you through the program. They will lead group discussions, facilitate activities, host guest speakers, share ideas, and stretch your thinking during the duration of the Academy.
A Success Mentor who will coach and guide you through your own experiences and planning during the Academy. He is a sounding board and advisor who will support you through your transformation. You and your mentor will be carefully matched. He will continue to work with you beyond the program's completion.
Your Scholar Cohort who are the other 11 members of your cohort. They will serve as your brothers and accountability partners. You will meet with some members of your cohort monthly for up to one year after the Academy.
And of course… You! You are the key member of your Success Team. You do the work, take ownership of your path. You have the courage to walk with heart and integrity.
WHAT'S EXPECTED OF SCHOLARS?
The RBMA is a success when you are committed to your success.
Therefore, Scholars are asked to put their efforts and energy into the growth process.
SCHOLARS COMMIT TO:
Attend all virtual meetings, opening and closing celebrations.
Prepare for the sessions by doing any light reading or viewing the films, if required.
Keep a record of your RBMA journal entries for each week of the program.
Meet weekly with your mentor 1-to-1 during the Academy and regularly beyond.
Be a trustworthy and respectful brother to your fellow cohort members, mentors, special guests and facilitators.