David Ledbetter is working with Profound Gentlemen to help continue our work of inspiring young males of color to become educators, doctors and more. David’s story is one to celebrate the work and impact of PG.

He attributes success to one of his favorite quotes, “Be the change you wish to see in the world!” Inspired by positive Black male educators and community leaders, David became aware of and connected to the work of Profound Gentlemen.

David received an offer and opportunity of interning with PG, one of the largest nonprofits in America supporting recruitment and retention of male educators of color.

Profound Gentlemen is a stepping stone towards success for boys of color.

Not only did David learn about how a successful nonprofit operates, but it introduced to him essential tools needed in order to be successful within his academic journey. With these newly found resources, David was able to improve socially, and academically.

During his sophomore year of high school, he created a nonprofit organization of his own, “ Imagine This” : College and Career Readiness. The organization helps high school students from disenfranchised communities pursue higher education.

Imagine This was founded on the pillars of Community Engagement, Health and Wellness, Education and Career Mentorship. David believes that these are the most effective methods to carry out the mission of the organization. He currently hosts programming sessions every other Monday; however, due to Covid-19 programming sessions have been postponed.

Profound Gentlemen is Preparing Tomorrow’s Doctors!

David is now studying Biology with a Pre-Med track at Howard University. In doing this, he will be the first individual in his family to attend and complete college.

David ultimately wants to go to medical school in order to contribute to improving the disparity gap for African Americans in the healthcare system.

Making a Global Impact!

In August of 2019, David began conducting work around voters rights for the voice of the disenfranchised. Specifically registering people to vote, and educating them on early voting here in Charlotte, NC.

It was during the time of the famous Popeyes chicken sandwich release. Thousands of people were lining up to get their hands on the sandwich, so David saw this as a great opportunity to meet the masses where they were.

The turnout was great, and his work was highlighted by the former U.S. President, Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. David has also been featured on local and national media outlets including CNN with Don Lemon, ABC News, Huffington Post, Essence magazine, and many other media sites.

About David: David is the third child of eight. He has made it his mission to excel throughout his academic career. David is the Co Founder of “Imagine This”, a Carolina Youth Coalition Scholars and Myers Park High School Alumni.