Advancing the Affirmative Development of Boys and Young Men of Color

COSEBOC is committed to connecting, inspiring, supporting, and strengthening educators and community members who are dedicated to the social, emotional, cultural, and academic development of boys and young men of color. The COSEBOC movement advances the belief that all students, including boys and young men of color, possess the gifts, talents, and genius to excel in school, career, and life.

Professional Development Courses

COSEBOC offers a series of three professional development courses for teams of educators and community members. They are designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and skill in promoting equity and excellence for all students, particularly by focusing on the education and empowerment of boys and young men of color.

Standards for Schools Educating Boys of Color

For PK-12 teams. COSEBOC Standards is the foundational course we recommend as a starting point for all teams. Participants apply research-based standards to identify strengths and challenges and develop action plans.

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D.R.U.M. (Discovering Rituals, Understanding Manhood) Facilitator Course

For teams of men of color who work with middle and high school students. This course introduces teams of educators to the Rites of Passage experience and prepares them to incorporate the D.R.U.M. framework into their own program for boys and young men of color. Learn More

Footprints and Footsteps

For middle and high school teams. This course prepares teams of educators to implement the COSEBOC Footprints and Footsteps curriculum, designed to empower youth by introducing them to voices of the past, voices of today, and their own voices of tomorrow.

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Latest News & Updates

Langston Hughes, celebrating Black History Month
24 Jan 2024
Langston Hughes: Mother to Son
Langston Hughes poetry speaks to the heart of so many of us, and to this day, his poems continue to nourish and inspire our souls. His words are built into the fabric of the work we do at COSEBOC, and so we honor him at the start of Black History Month, which also celebrates his birthday (Feb. 1, 1901)!
Thank you Letter from Ron Walker
07 Nov 2023
Thank you Letter from Ron Walker
I am writing this letter with sincere thanks and appreciation. On October 21st and October 28th, I experienced the thrill of a lifetime attending the Gratitude Salutes hosted in Philadelphia and Boston. Both were amazing events that filled me with love and joy.
The Center of Humanity is Love
14 Sep 2023
The Center of Humanity is Love
In this short video, Jamila Sams speaks about the value of being a lifetime learner; learning from our colleagues, and learning from our students. She shares her understanding of humanity and love as the center of equity work, providing us the strength to push through challenges we encounter.

The COSEBOC Difference

“The COSEBOC approach has been distinguished by its emphasis that support for boys and young men of color must build on their strengths rather than focus on their deficits and challenges, and by an enduring belief that if we change the schools and support systems available to them, we can also improve their academic and developmental outcomes.”

– Pedro A. Noguera, Ph.D.
Dean, Rossier School of Education
Distinguished Professor of Education
University of Southern California

Pedro Noguera

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