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  • Less than 15% of U.S. teachers are African American or Hispanic.
  • More than 35% of U.S. students are members of a minority.
  • Over 1/2 of 3 year olds, our future students are children of color.
  • Only 2% of 3.5 million U.S. teachers are male teachers of color.
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Male Teacher Initiative

What is Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) Male Teacher of Color Initiative?

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Nearly one quarter, 24% of TSTT students are male. We are collaborating with schools in New York City and Rochester City to expand our Male Teacher of Color Initiative to increase the number of male teachers and improve the academic outcomes of high school students and college graduation rates among students at the Bronx Academy for Heath Careers, the Eagle Academy for Young Men and the Leadership Academy for Young Men in Rochester City.


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TSTT alumnus Shahid Wright, the first TSTT graduate from the Eagle Academy in the Bronx, a 2012 graduate of Buffalo State University is pictured with TSTT high school students at the Future Educators Association induction ceremony.


Why is the TSTT Male Teacher of Color Initiative Important?

In an effort to address the myriad of challenges facing the male students of color including low high school and college graduation rates and high unemployment, Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers launched the New York Male Teacher of Color Initiative in the Fall of 2012.


In the United States, 1.3 million students from the class of 2010 didn't graduate from high school. Nearly 73,000 of these students were from New York City alone. If we could reduce the current number of dropouts by just half in New York City, we would yield almost 35,000 new graduates a year, and it would more than pay for itself. Studies show that the typical high school graduate will obtain higher employment and earnings — an astonishing 50 percent to 100 percent increase in lifetime income — and will be less likely to draw on public money for health care and welfare and less likely to be involved in the criminal justice system.


This initiative provides a unique and exceptional set of services and educational activities to ensure these students will graduate from high school and are prepared for success in college.




Michael Mulgrew on Becoming a Teacher


United Federation of Teachers New York City








S&I 100 Index

The Social Impact Exchange has selected TSTT as a Member of the S&I 100, the National Index of High-Impact NonProfits!

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Program Progress

We serve over 800 students in 40 high school districts and 21 partnering colleges & universities. Operating in four states: New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia, there are 150 TSTT college graduates who have completed the eight year curriculum and are currently teaching in 9 states.