National Fellowship for Black and Latino Educators
The National Fellowship for Black and Latino Male Educators (NFBLME) exists to address the extreme underrepresentation of Black and Latino men in America’s education community. Black and Latino school leaders have been underrepresented for decades, and now, when compared to student populations, are less represented than ever before. Within this trend, males are the least represented. Yet, male students are suffering the worst educational outcomes. NFBLME’s yearly recruiting cycle is a combination of partnership renewal with school network leaders, primarily of charter schools, as well as an online marketing campaign partnership with Real Men Teach. Its most recent recruitment cycle pulled in over 100 interested educators for only 20 national spots. The students and families that are served by NFBLME educators are almost entirely composed of low socioeconomic status, predominantly Black and Latino, and higher-than-national-average special education populations. Winning the $1 million Yass Prize would ensure NFBLME remains sustainable and continues their vital, transformational efforts.