SBNP's Founder, Garry Mills Selected!
We would like to thank MFDM (Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery) for selecting our founder, Garry Mills as one of the 100 Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery. It is truly an honor for him to be recognized as a individual that believes in the positive impact that men of color have in the lives of their students.
Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery is an initiative sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter school in Philadelphia. During one of the PTAmeetings in the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, parents mentioned reestablishing a program called "Douglass Dads" that invited fathers into the school building to support students, teachers, and staff members. After the meeting, two Frederick Douglass teachers, Dana Frye-Thompson and Ashley Carmichael, decided to spearhead the reestablishment process because they believed in the potential positive impact of men of color in the lives of their students.
Today, the program has been rebranded as Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery in an effort to be more inclusive to men of color outside of the community. The program hopes to empower students to become well-rounded scholars of purpose through their relationships with positive male role models.
The purpose of Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery is to provide a space to influence and uplift strong children who will become future leaders and contributors to their community through positive interactions with men of color. Our men of color will partner with the teachers of Douglass to help cultivate these young, powerful minds as they learn to become authors, activists, mathematicians, scientists, and influences.
Currently, 73% of our student population is made of black boys and our staff is less than one percent men of color. The majority of our staff is white and female, which limits opportunities for black boys to develop authentic relationships with men of color during the school day. The goal of our initiative is to enable our black male students to interact with positive men of color in their school and surrounding communities.
Please join us in our effort to make an impact and transformation change in the lives of our young black students! We thank you in advance for your support.
Dana Frye-Thompson and Ashley Carmichael, Teachers of Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter School