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.

Meet Our Founder and Executive Director

Ron Walker founded COSEBOC in 2007, the culmination of a career spanning over five decades as a teacher, principal, staff developer, and consultant in various educational communities.

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.


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.


For middle and high school teams. 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.


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.

The COSEBOC Impact

School or Community Educators
Male Students of Color
Parents of Color
States & District of Columbia

Home Membership

Building a Conspiracy of Care


Our members share our vision of collaboration, partnership, and mutual support essential to the academic success and future aspirations of boys and young men of color. COSEBOC members are passionate advocates for transformational change taking place within classrooms, schools, and communities. These changes will foster a spirit and reality of success which every male student of color will attain. Your decision to join COSEBOC on this mission can be the difference that makes the difference for boys and young men of color.

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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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