Profound Gentlemen About

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Currently, 2 states across the nation have a high school graduation rate of 80% for boys of color. Studies show that when boys of color have male educators of color, they are more likely to graduate from high school, experience increase self-esteem, and have greater chances of pursuing a four-year college degree. Unfortunately, only 2% of teachers in public schools are men of color. Although there are efforts to recruit men of color into education, schools and districts struggle more with retaining men of color than recruiting. Currently, male educators of color are five times more likely to leave the education profession than other groups.

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To build a community of male educators of color who provide a profound additional impact on boys of color.

Our vision is to retain male educators of color who establish cradle to career pipelines and are education leaders in their community.

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Lewis and Toldson (2013) identified four reasons why male educators of color leave education: 1. Lack of Mentorship 2. Lack of Professional Development 3. Career Opportunities 4. Barriers to Navigate the Profession. With this in mind, our goal is to see 90% of PG educators return back into the education sector better prepared to impact all students and 90% of boys of color in Code Orange matriculate through their K-12 experience prepared for college and career opportunities.

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We retain male educators of color by decreasing burnout through utilizing Adult SEL and mindfulness tools.

Current and aspiring male educators of color join PG through our website. Based on location, Gentlemen are placed in small-sized cohorts of educators in their region. Cohorts are led by an Impact Leader who serves as a life/career and instructional coach for Gentlemen. Gentlemen receive an Impact Professional Development Plan where he establishes goals and chooses an education leadership pathway to further impact his community. Throughout the academic year, we partner with organizations to host retreats and conferences that will help our Gentlemen meet the goals identified on their Impact Professional Development Plan around our 3C Focus areas of:

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Establishing goals to ensure the wellness of our educators’ social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

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Providing support and resources to help our educators develop and maximize their current impact in their current role.

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Creating leadership career goals to maximize Gentlemens’ impact in the education sector and the communities they serve.

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