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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

2023 Giving Tuesday: Join the Movement. Give.
28 Nov 2023
2023 Giving Tuesday: Join the Movement
Your generous support is needed now more than ever to continue the impactful work even as we contemplate our new home. It is even more important that we remain strong and continue to prove that we can positively impact the lives of boys and young men of color by providing transformative educational tools to all who serve them especially in our new home. Our young boys and men are counting on us.
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.
Ron Walker and Dr. Olga Acosta Price
26 Sep 2023
COSEBOC Leadership Updates
We shared with you in April that after 16 years as the Founder and Executive Director of COSEBOC, Ron Walker would soon be stepping down from his role in order to begin a new chapter. September 30 will be Ron’s last day at the helm of this great organization, but in the short-term, he will continue to serve behind the scenes as an advisor.

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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