RISE Brothers

This mentorship program has impacted my life, because the lessons that we've learned, throughout the course of the year, it's going to help us in the future, things like the power of negotiation, and the power of communication. 

Dushaun, Grade 10 student


What is Rise Brothers?

Rise Brothers is a mentorship program that connects self-identified Black male students with self-identified Black male YRDSB staff. 

The program was developed in 2016 to address the inequitable outcomes that persist for Black male students due to systemic anti-Black racism. The goal of the Rise Brothers program is to develop, support, encourage, and foster individual and community excellence.

The Program

Rise Brothers strives to empower young Black males by creating safe spaces to:

  • affirm identity
  • build community with other Black youth
  • increase student voice
  • develop leadership skills

The program will address and acknowledge Black male youth needs in order to strengthen personal aspirations, build community partnerships and enhance future pathways. 

Programming will include:

  • leadership training
  • 21st-century technological skill development
  • career exploration
  • discussions about financial literacy and entrepreneurship
  • community outreach initiatives
  • scholarship opportunities.

For more information

Please contact us if you have any questions.