“It’s not normally what they want to do, it’s not really their cup of tea,” said Daniel Fairley II, vice president of 100 Black Men of Central Virginia.
He says the formula is simple.
“Kids are really invested when you invest in them,” Fairley added.
Fairley also says the ten-day math enrichment program, M-Cubed, will work to address equity gaps in the classroom and focus on the social development of African American students.
“Black men are falling to rock bottom, so our goal here is to make sure that’s not an issue anymore,” Fairley said.
He says the program is tailored to meet the learning styles of young black men.
“Having a teacher who looks like you, having books written by people who look like you, reading stories about child characters who look like you. These are things that are starting to make a difference and re-engage them in school. “said Fairley.
Eighth-grade student Daylen Hampton says it’s paying off.
“I feel accepted and that my voice is heard more than in regular school where there aren’t as many people like me,” Hampton said.
Fairley says they will continue to change the narrative.
“We do everything we can to put our resources and focus on creating an individualized experience, where they know they will be valued, cared for and loved for who they are, and they will be considered in our class as an asset, not a liability,” he said.