Preparing the Next
Generation of Leaders

Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT) works to eradicate educational inequalities for young men of color
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Power of Us
03/26/2021 03:30 PM
03/26/2021 05:00 PM
America/Los_Angeles
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<p><i>Power of Us</i><br/>
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The Power Us Kickoff

Join us for The Power of us kickoff via Youtube Live
Friday, MARCH 26th, 2021

Problem:

5%
African American males in California possess an associates and or a bachelor's degree
16%
LatinX males in California possess an associates and or a bachelor's degree
90% of our students come from households that are on or well below the poverty line.

Communities with high unemployment, crime and incarceration rates

Solution:

The Power of Us campaign harnesses the power of the community to improve educational outcomes for young men of color.
solution
Support mentorship

Our Mentorship Program builds students’ confidence, helps them navigate challenges inside and outside school, and prepares them for college and careers. Since the pandemic hit, our mentors have provided close to 17,000 hours of mentoring sessions and over 1,200 parent meetings, to nearly 2,000 students across Sacramento, Yolo, and Stockton counties.

“My experience as a mentor has really changed my life and it has changed the lives of others."

– Keishaun Turner,  College Academy Graduate and  Mentor

solution
Wellness

IYT’s intentional integration of practices, content, intervention, and support services promote  the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of young men of color. With weekly virtual hangouts, we’ve created safe spaces for students to gather and benefit from the social aspects they’d be getting from in-person schooling.

“IYT really gives me a strong sense of belonging and the reassurance that I’ll be able to go for whatever I want to and I’ll always have people supporting me.”

Nazar Adam , Valley High School

solution
Emergency grants

While college students are unable to return to campus, expenses that come with college life–like books, food, and technology–are still a reality for many. To help IYT college students buy the materials they need to stay healthy and successful in school, we provide mini grants up to $500 to support costs associated with college. Since the start of this program, we’ve given away over $20,000 to support students' college success.

solution
Food Access

Our voucher and food access program began when our co-founder, Micheal Lynch, received a call from a mother of four asking for help purchasing milk, eggs, and bread. “We knew we needed to pivot to meet the essential needs of our students and families,” he states. As a response, we mobilized our staff, community leaders, and school partners to help deliver hundreds of meals, snacks, school supplies, and clothing to students across our region. Now, we’re gearing up to serve even more students and families in need.

solution
Technology access

As technology access becomes an even more essential part of succeeding in school during the pandemic, IYT provided laptops and reliable internet connection to students and mentors. Since our Technology Access Program launch last spring, IYT has provided Chromebooks, wifi, and hotspots.

We’re not in this alone, that’s why we have our brothers.
- Donald Byers
IYT CC student, Continue to Dream Academy Alumni

Our vision

A nation in which men of color are overrepresented in higher education, underrepresented in the criminal justice system, and leaders in their communities.

Our impact

99%
of IYT College Academy students graduate high school
90%
of IYT College Academy students attend college after high school
89%
of IYT College students persist after their first year in college
1400+
Students served

Ways to support

Sponsor a meal
More than 90% of IYT students are low income and many suffer from food insecurity. Consider supporting our food distribution efforts by sponsoring meals and receive special recognition in our communications.
Join Leadership Council ($1,000)
Your personal gift of $1,000 will support our mentorship programs, college tours, food access, emergency grants, and technology initiatives, directly expanding the learning opportunities for our young men of color. 

As part of IYT’s Leadership Council, you will receive exclusive opportunities and invitations to donor receptions and special events, bringing you closer to the heart of our organization. 


Spread the word
Support our campaign by spreading the word on social media!

Help share our message of support for young men of color with your community.
IYT provides wrap-around education and support services to nearly 2,000 boys and young men of color.

With a 99% high school graduation rate, and a ~90% college persistence rate, we get our students to and through college!
Give by Mail
To give by mail, send your check payable to:

Improve Your Tomorrow

3780 Rosin Ct

Suite 240

Sacramento, CA 95834

Non-Cash Gifts
If you are interested in giving from a non-cash asset, consider giving a gift from your IRA, transferring stocks, or giving from a Donor Advised Fund. Contact Hasani Johnson, Director of Development,
at 916.721.2817 or hasani@improveyourtomorrow.org.
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