Close Ties Leadership Program equipped me with universal skills to be successful. Although I now attend school over 200 miles away, I still rely on the skills I learned from Close Ties

- Amari J. 

Close Ties Leadership Program equipped me with universal skills to be successful. Although I now attend school over 200 miles away, I still rely on the skills I learned from Close Ties

- Amari J. 

Close Ties Leadership Program equipped me with universal skills to be successful. Although I now attend school over 200 miles away, I still rely on the skills I learned from Close Ties

- Amari J. 

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Close Ties Leadership Program equipped me with universal skills to be successful. Although I now attend school over 300 miles away, I still rely on the skills I learned from Close Ties

- Amari J. 

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As a member of Close Ties Leadership Program, I was able to secure $10,000 in college scholarships before entering 9th grade

- Larry W. 

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After listening to guest speakers, I was able to identify my passion of being an entrepreneur. I now have my own LLC as a junior in high school.

- Alvin H. 

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Our Why

Close Ties Leadership Program was created in 2016 and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit the following year. Brandon Martin, an educator and Atlanta native, noticed a lack of opportunities for Black boys to thrive. There were many programs to prevent them from falling into pitfalls but not enough energy was being put into helping Black boys reach their full potential.

 

Close Ties Leadership Program serves as both a mirror and window. We create a safe space for Black boys to reflect on who they are and we equip them with the tools to become who they aspire to be.

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

Our Mission

Brotherhood

Leadership

Altruism

Chivalry

Knowledge

Our Values

Every Black boy in Atlanta has a broad perspective of possibilities for his future and is equipped with the tools and experiences to lead in the pathway he chooses

Our Vision

Our Team

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 Brandon Martin 

Founder & CEO

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Harrison Gaskins

Assistant Director

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Iris Lattimore

Dir. of Wellness & Outreach

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Miaisha Bannister

Dir. of Business Operations

Cameron Seward

Campus Advisor

Bio
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Larry Wallace Jr.

Alumni Intern