Brothers at Bard
Brothers at Bard (BAB) is a character development and academic enrichment mentorship program for young men of color from underserved communities. BAB began in 2014 and works with Kingston High School students in grades 9-12 from Kingston, New York. The program is run by active members of the Brothers at Bard forum at Bard College. Each year, between 10-15 BAB members on campus choose to serve as "big brothers," or mentors to the young men in the group. BAB mentors receive extensive training prior to becoming mentors. Learn more about the work of BAB here.
BAB needs an additional $15,000 each year to continue this important work and to ensure mentors and mentees have the resources needed to build a lasting community and college readiness.
Brothers at Bard has the unique ability to empower young men by exposing them to high achieving men of color who are currently attending a selective four year college. With the aim of promoting academic excellence, college readiness, and overall positive life choices for the students, the BAB mentors provide:
- individual after school tutoring sessions at Kingston High School two times per week throughout the academic school year;
- bi-weekly character and professional development workshops and brotherhood circles at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston;
- monthly activities for mentees that include cultural trips, college visits, conferences and retreats; and
- peer-mentor training and supervision for BAB “alumni” who serve as tutoring assistants and role models for younger mentees.
Brothers at Bard also hosts events to foster community building among its members and provide a unique space on campus for male students of color to feel comfortable and address social issues. The objective of BAB is to create a safe space and brotherhood circle for character and identity development.