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HBCU First

College-to-career skills for Black youth

New York, NY   |  https://hbcufirst.com

Mission

HBCU First is a student-led community advancing the economic participation and well-being of America's Black youth. As the leading HBCU internship and mentoring academy, we empower elite students from over 70 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with in-demand, college-to-career skills.

Notes from the nonprofit

Each year, HBCU First awards hundreds of college students paid internships and produces over 200 student development sessions. 67% of gross receipts are paid directly to students in cash.

Ruling year info

2019

Managing Founder

Courtney Gray

Main address

244 Madison Ave #227

New York, NY 10016 USA

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EIN

84-3831738

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have a global work crisis that’s twofold. Professional jobs are increasing faster than we can fill them, and most of us — from college interns to senior executives — feel undervalued, overworked, and uninspired. This deficit in skills and morale is driven by the adoption of new technology, persistent socioeconomic inequality, and our outdated approach to education and training.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

HBCU Day-One-Ready

HBCU Day-One-Ready is a student-led, internship and mentoring academy focused on college-to-career skills.

Students attending America's 100+ Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) pair up to build skills and grow their network. This remote, 10-week internship program is paid and open to elite HBCU students.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
People of African descent
Students

Equity in Data & Research (EDRP) is a student-led, research & development program charged with closing critical skills and data gaps in America's future workforce.

Historically Black College and Universitiy (HBCU) students leverage education & training from industry leaders to develop career-related surveys and reports. This remote, 10-week internship program is paid and open to elite HBCU students.

Population(s) Served

Current HBCU students develop and lead choice-focused workshops helping college-bound Black youth navigate the high-school-to-college journey. This remote program is open to elite HBCU and high school students.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
People of African descent
Students

The HBCU Leadership Incubator is a hands-on, leadership development program helping Black college students bridge the gap between classroom learning and business-world doing.

Students gain leadership know-how by co-developing and co-managing an HBCU First program. This remote, 10-week internship program is paid and open to elite HBCU students.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
People of African descent
Students
Young adults
People of African descent
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, People of African descent, Students

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, People of African descent, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars paid directly to students

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, People of African descent, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of career events produced and hosted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, People of African descent, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of corporate speakers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, People of African descent, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of partner Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, People of African descent, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

HBCU First aims to increase the economic participation of Black youth by:
1. Setting new standards in education and training.
2. Developing a channel of elite HBCU talent with in-demand skills.

We believe bringing together our most resilient community (Black youth) and our most resourced community (industry leaders) to build community and remove barriers is key to advancing America's future workforce. We partner with best-in-class companies to help elite students from 70+ Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), across 21 states & territories to: (1) navigate the college-to-career journey and (2) bridge the gap between learning and doing.

Executives from our corporate partners work alongside our student leaders to facilitate hi-touch talks and workshops focused on skill building and networking. Our students provide detailed feedback after each session to ensure continuous program improvement.

Our strategy is driven by our student-led internship programs: HBCU Day-One-Ready, Equity in Data & Research (EDRP), HBCU Exploratory Program, and the HBCU Leadership Incubator.

HBCU First is uniquely qualified to fulfill our mission and achieve our goals for 2 reasons:
• we built America's most diverse community of elite HBCU students
• we have the vision and lived experience required to adapt and get things done

KEY FACTS
• 1,000+ HBCU students completed our programs
• $600,000+ in cash stipends paid to students
• 400+ student development produced & hosted
• 500+ corporate speakers at our events
• 70+ partner HBCUs
• most viewed map of HBCUs in the world

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HBCU First

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Courtney Gray

Josh Bruce

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Dwight Howell

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Carlton Tiolo-Sapp

Northwestern Mutual

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability