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"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." -Frederick Douglass

The Void

4,000 Black boys in Atlanta lack exposure to opportunities which prevents them from reaching their full potential.

Our Mission

Close Ties Leadership Program believes in Black boys' inherent genius and unlocks their potential through early exposure to college and career opportunities, in-school mentorship, and social-emotional support.



We create a safe environment for Black boys to discover their unique passions and we

expose them to college and career opportunities aligned to their passions.



We lead by example. Our program provides in-school mentors to hold our members accountable to meeting individualized academic and social goals.

SEL Support

We provide individualized social emotional support through weekly after school sessions aligned to our Leadership and Self-Awareness curriculum.

Our Impact


100+ Black Boys impacted in

West End and

southeast Atlanta 


100% high school graduation rate with post-graduation plans


Over $10 Million received in college scholarships


Exposure to 15 universities and Black men in over 40 career fields 


100% of members state they feel more prepared to lead in their chosen pathway  

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