Boys Lead Foundation

aka Boys Lead Network   |   Houston, TX   |
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The mission of Boys Lead Foundation is to embrace, equip, and empower BYMOC to transform our world, by being productive citizens. We support the global empowerment of BYMOC through the offering of Social – Emotional Learning (SEL), Life Skills, Educational Scholarships, Mentoring Programs, Leadership Trainings, Advocacy, Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Juvenile Reintegration Programs, and other support programs and initiatives

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9950 Westpark Dr STE 130

Houston, TX 77063 USA

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Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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The Boys Lead Juvenile Justice Program is an interactive and innovative curriculum for juvenile offenders between the ages of 10 to 18. It explores the stories of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates and the strategies they used to overcome problems in their lives and their communities. Through this age-appropriate curriculum, boys will explore their own identities and reexamine the choices they make including their role models and the peer groups to which they belong. Boys also develop leadership and problem-solving skills while engaging in service projects that are aligned with the vision of the foundation.

Population(s) Served

At its core, mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges. BOYS AND YOUNG MEN OF COLOR “YOU MATTER”. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.

Our Mentoring Program Helps Boys with decision making strategies and:

Cultivate Leadership
Boost Self-Motivation
Practice Social Skills
Build Self-Confidence
Build Relationship Skills

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Men and boys

We provide educational scholarships at the pre-school, primary/elementary school through grade 8 male student who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

We support and provide vocational scholarship for boys through vocational studies.

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Goals & Strategy

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

At Boys Lead Foundation, we aim to address the unique challenges and barriers that boys and young men face in their personal, educational, and professional journeys. Our primary focus is on empowering boys and young men to overcome these challenges and unlock their full potential. Here are some of the key issues we strive to solve:

Limited Support Systems: Boys often face limited access to support systems that cater to their specific needs and concerns. We aim to bridge this gap by providing comprehensive support, mentorship, and resources that address their holistic well-being.

Stereotypes and Gender Expectations: Societal stereotypes and gender expectations can limit boys' expression of emotions, hinder their personal growth, and impact their mental health. We work to challenge these stereotypes, promote positive masculinity, and create safe spaces for boys to explore their identities and emotions.

Educational Disparities: Boys may encounter educational disparities such as lower academic performance, higher dropout rates, or limited access to quality education. We strive to provide educational support, scholarships, and enrichment programs that enhance learning outcomes and equip boys with the necessary skills for success.

Lack of Positive Role Models: Boys may struggle with a lack of positive male role models or mentors in their lives. Through our mentoring programs and initiatives, we connect boys with caring male mentors who serve as guides, role models, and sources of inspiration.

Limited Career Opportunities: Boys may face limited career opportunities or lack awareness of diverse career paths. We aim to provide vocational training, technology literacy, and exposure to various career options, empowering boys to make informed choices and pursue their passions.

Emotional Well-being and Mental Health: Boys often face societal pressures to suppress emotions and may struggle with mental health issues in silence. We prioritize their emotional well-being by fostering open conversations, providing mental health support, and promoting emotional intelligence.

By addressing these challenges and providing boys and young men with the necessary support, opportunities, and resources, we aim to create a more inclusive, equitable, and empowering environment for their personal growth, academic success, and overall well-being.

As Boys Lead Foundation, we are aligned with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to contribute to the global agenda for sustainable development. Here are the SDGs we prioritize and our strategies for making them happen:

SDG 4: Quality Education

Strategy: We provide educational support, scholarships, and enrichment programs to improve access to quality education for boys and young men. Our strategies include academic mentoring, skill development, and promoting educational excellence through innovative approaches.

SDG 5: Gender Equality

Strategy: We promote gender equality by challenging stereotypes, fostering positive masculinity, and creating inclusive spaces for boys to explore their identities. Our initiatives aim to break down barriers, advocate for equal opportunities, and empower boys to respect and support gender equality.

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Strategy: We equip boys with vocational skills, technology literacy, and entrepreneurship training to enhance their employability and foster economic growth. By promoting skills development and creating pathways to decent work, we contribute to sustainable economic growth and empowerment.

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Strategy: We embrace innovative approaches and technology to enhance our programs and initiatives. By providing boys with access to technological training, fostering innovation, and promoting digital literacy, we contribute to building resilient infrastructure and fostering inclusive industrialization.

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Strategy: We aim to reduce inequalities by addressing the specific needs and challenges faced by boys and young men from marginalized communities. Our strategies include targeted outreach, partnerships with community organizations, and advocating for inclusive policies and programs.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Strategy: We promote peaceful and inclusive societies by fostering leadership skills, ethical values, and social responsibility among boys and young men. Our initiatives encourage positive engagement, conflict resolution, and advocacy for justice and equality.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
Strategy: We collaborate with stakeholders, including governments, NGOs, community leaders, and international organizations, to leverage resources, expertise, and collective efforts. Our partnerships enable us to amplify our impact, share best practices, and work towards achieving the SDGs together.

By aligning our strategies with these SDGs, we aim to create a meaningful and sustainable impact in the lives of boys and young men, contributing to a more equitable and inclusive society.

As Boys Lead Foundation, we possess a range of capabilities that enable us to effectively meet our goals and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here are our organization's key capabilities:

Expertise and Experience: We have a dedicated team of professionals with expertise in youth development, education, mentoring, and gender equality. Our experience in designing and implementing programs for boys and young men equips us with the knowledge and understanding to address their unique needs and challenges.

Network and Partnerships: We have established strong partnerships with schools, community organizations, NGOs, government agencies, and international bodies. These collaborations enable us to leverage resources, share best practices, and extend our reach to diverse communities and regions.

Mentorship and Guidance: Our organization benefits from a pool of male educators, mentors, and role models who are passionate about empowering boys and young men. Their guidance and support play a crucial role in our mentoring programs, providing valuable insights and nurturing positive relationships with the boys we serve.

Program Design and Implementation: We have a proven track record of designing and implementing effective programs and initiatives. Our programs are carefully tailored to address the specific needs of boys and young men, incorporating evidence-based practices, experiential learning, and mentorship components.

Evaluation and Impact Assessment: We prioritize monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment to ensure the effectiveness of our programs. Through data collection, analysis, and feedback mechanisms, we continuously assess our impact, identify areas for improvement, and make data-driven decisions to enhance our outcomes.

Advocacy and Policy Influence: We have a strong commitment to advocating for boys' empowerment and influencing policy discussions. Our organization actively engages with policy makers, community leaders, and stakeholders to raise awareness, contribute to policy development, and promote gender equality in relevant sectors.

Resource Mobilization: We have developed strategies for resource mobilization, including fundraising initiatives, grant applications, and partnerships with philanthropic organizations. These resources enable us to sustain and expand our programs, reaching more boys and young men in need.

These capabilities, combined with our passion, dedication, and commitment to empowering boys and young men, position us to effectively work towards our goals and make a meaningful impact in their lives and communities.

Boys Lead Foundation has made significant progress in empowering boys and young men, and we continue to strive for further impact. Here are some of our accomplishments and what's next on our agenda:


Established Mentorship Programs: We have successfully launched personalized and group mentoring programs, providing boys with valuable guidance, support, and positive role models.

Engaged Schools and Communities: Our Boys Club initiative has expanded to multiple schools and communities, creating safe spaces for boys to build friendships, develop life skills, and explore their interests.

Implemented Boypreneur Pitch: Our Boypreneur Pitch program has showcased innovative ideas from young male entrepreneurs, providing them with a platform to pitch their business concepts and receive support to bring their ideas to life.

Promoted Education and Vocational Training: Through our Help Me Cross program, we have provided educational and vocational scholarships to boys, enabling them to pursue their academic and career aspirations.

Raised Awareness: Our campaigns and advocacy efforts have raised awareness about the unique challenges faced by boys and young men, fostering discussions on gender equality, mental health, and positive masculinity.

Next Steps:

Expansion and Outreach: We aim to expand our reach to more cities and communities, including Lagos, Ilorin, Johannesburg, Ontario, Chicago, Cairo, Houston, Accra, and Dallas. This will allow us to serve a wider population of boys and young men, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility.

Strengthen Partnerships: We will continue to foster strategic partnerships with organizations, schools, government agencies, and community leaders. These collaborations will enhance our program offerings, leverage resources, and extend our impact.

Enhance Program Effectiveness: We are committed to continuously improving our programs and initiatives through rigorous monitoring and evaluation. By incorporating feedback and best practices, we will enhance program effectiveness and ensure positive outcomes for boys and young men.

Research and Innovation: We will invest in research to gain insights into the evolving needs and challenges faced by boys. This will inform the development of innovative approaches, ensuring our programs remain relevant and impactful.

Policy Engagement: We aim to actively engage with policy makers, community leaders, and stakeholders to advocate for policies that support boys' empowerment, education, and well-being. By influencing policy discussions, we can create systemic change and address the root causes of gender disparities.

Through these ongoing efforts, Boys Lead Foundation is committed to making a lasting impact in the lives of boys and young men, empowering them to become confident, resilient, and successful individuals who contribute positively to their communities and society as a whole.


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Boys Lead Foundation

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

owolabi williams

Boys Lead Foundation

Term: 2021 - 2021

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/22/2022

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

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Black/African American
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Heterosexual or straight
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Person without a disability

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