Unlocking potential and changing the narrative by engaging young men of color as early childhood educators.

Leading Men Fellowship

The Literacy Lab’s Leading Men Fellowship creates opportunities for young men of color and increases representation in the field of education. Leading Men Fellows are young men of color who have recently graduated from high school and participate in a year-long, residency-style experience in which they provide evidence-based literacy support to pre-kindergarten students while receiving robust coaching and professional development and gaining valuable experience.

Addressing Three Pressing Challenges

Increasing Kindergarten Readiness

Leading Men Fellows are trained to implement interventions to prepare pre-K children for Kindergarten. Fellows are trained and coached to work in one pre-K classroom for the entire school year, leading to significant gains for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Creating Rigorous Opportunities

Young men who are recent high school graduates have access to a rigorous, paid, career-focused experience where they can be a part of the solution. Fellows are paid an hourly wage to serve as early literacy tutors five days per week and receive supports to develop professionally.

Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline

Young men are exposed to a career in early childhood education, helping to diversify the high-quality teacher pipeline in the long run. Fellows participate in a residency-style, cohort-based program to expose them to a variety of opportunities and experiences.

Become a Fellow. Change the narrative.

The Literacy Lab is actively recruiting applicants for the Leading Men Fellowship for 2024-25 school year cohorts in Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Milwaukee, WI; Richmond, VA; Portsmouth, VA; Atlanta, GA; Cincinnati OH; and Phoenix-Mesa, AZ. Applicants must be recent graduates or seniors graduating in 2024 from public high schools.

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