Brothers Empowered to Teach’s mission is to generate a pipeline of incredible teachers who mirror success for their students by recruiting men of color into classroom-based careers.
WHAT WE DO AND WHY
We recruit men of color—particularly black men to explore careers in education. We utilize a formula that tackles the two key factors that keep black men from such a path. As much as 1/3rd of college-bound black men will drop out by sophomore year. Of those who go on to graduation, they are not considering the teacher programs that are available because they do not resonate with them and they are too short and insufficient in preparing teachers that are culturally competent and content strong. We have to concurrently attach them to school, working with kids, and train them to be incredible teachers.
HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
Recruiting teachers of color is not a new problem and well-known recruitment programs have made laudable attempts to increase the pipeline. Yet, they fail to address the critical problem—if we want more men of color to choose teaching we have to first support their academic success and expose them to a career that stopped speaking to them 30 years ago. Now they are in high demand and we are failing to offer sufficient access to the pathway to the classroom. BE2T recruits for the classroom much earlier—while students are in college and have not yet committed to a career path. By exposing them earlier we can create a greater sense of attachment. By offering specifically tailored training we can ensure they are comfortably prepared for the classroom.
With no foundation there is no progress. Our values keep us grounded in why we do what we do.
REMAIN RELEVANT - It is paramount that our fellows understand the language, likes, dislikes, and social issues affecting the students in their classrooms. It is equally paramount that we have this understanding of the issues and trends affecting our fellows. From our vantage point, being able to create pathways to open dialogue, is the key to building cultural competency in a holistic way.
BE COMFORTABLE WITH BEING UNCOMFORTABLE (ADAPTABILITY) - Growth requires stretching outside of one’s comfort zone. We challenge ourselves through out the entire program to constantly look for ways to improve how we do our work. In rising to that challenge, we sometimes reach places that require us to learn from the struggle and embrace it.
Always be prepared for game day - Ninety percent of success is preparation. We want to be ready to seize opportunities when they avail themselves and create opportunities for others. Preparation plus the ability to relate, communicate, and present our best selves widens our access and ability to grow.
HUSTLE WITH GRIT- Their is no failure. Only lessons. Developing BE2T has not come without its share of losses. These losses have helped us gain clarity on what we want to accomplish. We are accessible examples of how to continue to climb even in challenging times for those who participate in our program.
TAKE CARE (SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL SELF-CARE) - BE2T wants to support the development of each of our participants in a holistic way. The foundation to this development is taking care of one’s self emotionally. By promoting social and emotional awareness, our participants will have the foundation to better manage the stressors of life personally and career wise outside of school.
DEFY CONVENTION - Popular opinion says men of color don’t teach and the statistics don’t defy it. Only 2% of all teachers nationally are men of color. We want our fellows to turn the profession on its head by entering the classroom and using their ability to communicate and relate to the students they teach everyday. We meet teachers everyday who demonstrate that men of color can and do teach. We have to show more men, regardless, of what the masses say they have an ability to reach at-risk students that defies the current demographic in front the classroom and the vision of what success looks like to students.