Educational Institutions

HBCU First

College success + career access for Black youth

St Paul, MN   |  https://hbcufirst.com

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 info

2019

Founder

Courtney Gray

Main address

1041 Grand Ave #366

St Paul, MN 55105 USA

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EIN

84-3831738

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 Our nation's outdated approach to preparing students for success is both an outcome, and driver of this national crisis.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 holistic approach to college & career readiness.

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 Career Talks™

HBCU Career Talks™ provides career insights from industry leaders who understand the challenges of being young, Black, and ambitious. Through virtual, HBCU student led forums, we unpack what it takes to go from college student to high-achieving professional. The goal of our talks is to provide students insight into what to expect as a young professional and what will be expected of them as early Black talent.

Population(s) Served
Students
People of African descent
Budget
$30,000

The HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program helps Black students transition to college and develop a plan for success. What is the HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program? Developed by HBCU First, the HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program is a virtual, student-led, 1:1 mentoring program. Through a 10-week, social-emotional resilience based curriculum, each freshman & upperclassman pair develops a playbook for their college journey and beyond.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
People of African descent
Budget
$120,000

The HBCU Leadership Incubator™ helps students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) bridge the gap between learning and doing. Developed by HBCU First in 2020, the HBCU Leadership Incubator™ is a remote, part-time, 10-week internship program focused on leadership development and designed for & by Black college students. Through meaningful, research-based projects and weekly growth sessions, student interns gain entrepreneurial skills and professional leadership experience. The HBCU Leadership Incubator™ has three cohorts per year — one during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Our diverse team of HBCU interns work (remotely) alongside our founder to develop student resources and programs serving their peers, and themselves.

Population(s) Served
Students
People of African descent
Budget
$135,000

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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 developed the HBCU Exploratory Framework™. The HBCU Exploratory Framework™ is a college success + career access model for Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students. The program leverages the lived experience of HBCU alums to help Black youth navigate the college & career journey and bridge the gap between learning and doing. To ensure our work has real impact, we enlist the help of the people we serve — Black youth. Through our HBCU Leadership Incubator™, students from America's 101 historically Black colleges help lead everything we do — from program development, to research 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 career talks (2) Number of students and schools participating in our mentoring program (3) Number of students and schools participating in our leadership 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 resource (HBCUfirst.com) for Black college information (2) Launched the HBCU Exploratory Framework™ HBCU First has five big initiatives for 2020: (1) Launching an HBCU internship program training students and building organizational capacity (2) Expanding our online student resource center through a student interview series (3) Building a team of HBCU student mentors in partnership with America's 101 HBCUs (4) Publishing a narrative podcast connecting HBCU First to potential partners and supporters (5) Launching a monthly forum connecting HBCU students to business leaders

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 9/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Courtney Gray

Josh Bruce

Roi Ward

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 05/31/2020

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Keywords

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