What is  I AM KING

The I AM KING (IAK) program is a summer opportunity for Black males in grades PK-12. High schoolers are trained as summer instructors, facilitating a social-emotional learning course for younger boys within your existing summer program. The program can run anywhere from 4 to 10 weeks with curriculum and training provided by He Is Me Institute.

Institutions will:

  • Identify PK-8th grade participants
  • Identify and hire the high school instructors

He is Me will:

  • Train high school instructors
  • Provide program and facilitation materials


This partnership has short-term and long-term impacts, including:

  • Summer employment opportunities for Black male high school students
  • Unique identity development for Black male youth
  • Social-emotional learning for Black males in P-8
  • Opportunities to explore the teaching profession


Over the past four years, instructors, participants, and families have said that the program has had a positive impact on their identity development and desire to become teachers, which are the two primary goals of IAK. 

As one IAK instructor said, “The work is incredibly impactful, not for just the [students] we serve but for the [instructors] as well. It is an opportunity to connect and engage with other males of color who care about education and work tirelessly toward cultivating a space of love and empowerment for boys of color. The way that the program is built, it’s clear that it has the ability to thrive and be sustained in any community.”

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Join the  Black Male Teacher Initiative To Begin Implementing I AM KING

MA BMTI Membership Form

Non-Binding Letter of Intent

I understand that this is a non-binding expression of intent for my institution to partner with He is Me Institute within the Black Male Teacher Initiative. By completing this form, I am signifying a commitment to ongoing discussions, understanding that it does not create legal obligations or commitments. Both parties retain the flexibility to pursue other opportunities independently.

Completing this form also gives He is Me Institute permission to name my organization in conversations for future funding. My organization also has permission to mention He is Me Institute as a future partner in my funding and partnership conversations.

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