"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." -Frederick Douglass
4,000 Black boys in Atlanta lack exposure to opportunities which prevents them from reaching their full potential.
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.
We provide individualized social emotional support through weekly after school sessions aligned to our Leadership and Self-Awareness curriculum.
Our theory of impact values depth over breadth as we serve the same boys
from 5th grade until they graduate high school
100+ Black Boys impacted in
West End and
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