Educational Institutions

HBCU First

College success + career access for Black youth

St Paul, MN

Mission

HBCU First's mission is to increase college success + career access for Black youth.

Notes from the Nonprofit

As America's first & only national HBCU Exploratory Program, we help Black youth navigate the college & career journey and bridge the gap between learning and doing.

Ruling Year

2019

Founder

Courtney Gray

Main Address

1041 Grand Ave #366

St Paul, MN 55105 USA

Keywords

college & career readiness, college success, career access, near-pear mentoring, Black youth, students of color, Historically Black Colleges and Universities

EIN

84-3831738

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Research shows persistent socioeconomic inequality is putting America's future at risk. Our nation's outdated approach to preparing students for success is both an outcome, and driver of this national crisis. We believe America's youth are entitled to a more inclusive, agile approach to college & career readiness.

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Our programs

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College Success + Career Access Workshops

Near-Peer Mentoring

HBCU Internship Program

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We aim to help Black youth move America forward — economically and socially. HBCU First's mission is to increase college success + career access for Black youth by helping students to: (1) navigate the college & career journey (2) bridge the gap between learning and doing

In 2019, HBCU First launched America's first & only national HBCU Exploratory Program. The HBCU Exploratory Program is a college success + career access program for college-bound Black youth and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students. By leveraging the lived experience of HBCU students and alumni, the HBCU Exploratory Program helps Black youth navigate the college & career journey and bridge the gap between learning and doing. To ensure our work has real impact, we enlist students from America's 101 historically Black colleges to help lead everything we do — from research & development, to programming and marketing.

HBCU First is uniquely qualified to fulfill our mission and keep our promise: (1) we established the leading student resource (HBCUfirst.com) for Black college information (2) we established America's first & only national HBCU Exploratory Program (3) we have the vision and lived experience required to adapt and get things done

Reach of Our Services (1) Number of students and schools participating in our workshops (2) Number of students and schools participating in our mentoring program (3) Number of students and schools participating in our internship program Organizational Capacity (1) Number of links and collaborations with organizations that share and/or support our work and goals (2) Diversity and strength of our board of directors (3) Dollars received in sponsorships, grants, and donations Media Traction (1) Number of media mentions and placements (2) Number of website visitors (3) Number of social media followers

In just two months of operation in 2019, HBCU First had two major accomplishments: (1) Established the leading student resource (HBCUfirst.com) for Black college information (2) Launched America's first & only national HBCU Exploratory Program HBCU First has four big initiatives for 2020: (1) Launching an HBCU internship program training students and building organizational capacity (2) Building a team of 100+ HBCU student mentors in partnership with all 101 HBCUs (3) Expanding the college success workshop series to 25 states and serving hundreds of students of color (4) Publishing a weekly podcast connecting HBCU First to potential partners and supporters

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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