In partnership with Boards For Change – the collaborative community beautification project with a purpose created in direct response to demonstrations in 2020 – Republic FC has created a coalition of community organizations. Sixteen organizations that impact and support Black youth locally have received a $1,000 grant and will join the club to form a new diversity and racial justice coalition to provide the club with insight and guidance.
During Black History Month, Republic FC is hosting another auction with Boards For Change – with the funds to benefit more organizations focused on supporting Black youth in Sacramento. Bidding on 17 selections is now open at SacRepublicFC.com/change. The club will also profile several coalition members, and provide opportunities to support the tremendous work in Sacramento.
Improve Your Tomorrow is a non-profit organization that currently serves nearly 2,000 young men of color in the greater Sacramento region and provides mentorship, member development, and a guide to help students attend and graduate high school and college.
The organization was created in 2013 to break the school to prison pipeline by helping young men of color and has grown into the largest education nonprofit only serving young men of color in the country. Improve Your Tomorrow allows students to enter the program as early as 7th grade and can remain in the program for up to 12 years or until college graduation. IYT also hires their own college students to be on staff as directors, mentors, and tutors creating a ‘community pipeline’.
IYT is launching the Hope for Tomorrow Fund to respond to the immediate needs of students and families. With your help IYT will be able to distribute food, provide college emergency grants, family emergency grants, computer access, and continue a virtual mentorship program. pic.twitter.com/56RkjSLc2C— ImproveYourTomorrow (@iyt2013) April 2, 2020
Students enter the program with partnerships with the schools or through a non-profit partner and then put on a path to success with a focus on education, and development. With the guidance in place for men in the program, males of color have a drastically higher probability of academic achievement and a decreasing likelihood of delinquency.
"Boys and men of color are not always represented in the places they need to be," Lynch said in an interview in 2020, "We need to build a stronger pipeline to our schools."
Through the IYT programs, students have a 99% high school graduation rate up from 67.9% rate from African American males and 76.3% Latino males. The college attendance and persistence numbers are even more staggering as males in the ITY system have nearly a 40% greater chance to attend college.
Improve Your Tomorrow’s impact on young men of color has changed the lives of many in our region and continues to be a beacon for groups that do not have equal opportunity to secede and excel as others.
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