Special Upcoming Event!
Rites of Passage Programs to Engage Boys and Young Men of Color
Thursday,  March 23, 2023 4pm ET

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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.

COSEBOC Standards

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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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.

Latest News & Updates

Sharlonda Buckman-Davis
05 Mar 2023
Conversations with Thought Leaders: Sharlonda Buckman-Davis
Join us on Thursday, March 9, 2023 for a conversation with Sharlonda Buckman-Davis, expert Consultant for National and local organizations on family engagement and youth development. Sharlonda currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Family and Community Engagement for the largest public school district in Michigan, Detroit Public Schools Community District.
COSEBOC Launches Interagency D.R.U.M. Facilitator Course for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
04 Mar 2023
COSEBOC Launches Interagency D.R.U.M. Facilitator Course for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
On the snowy morning of February 28, 2023, a group of 20 men of color gathered to embark on the D.R.U.M. journey. The participants included middle school teachers, an elementary school clerk, college and career counselors, family and community engagement specialists, out-of-school time coordinators, and other roles from across the City of Cambridge...
Ron Walker, Timothy Jones, Kamau Ptah
30 Jan 2023
COSEBOC Rites of Passage Programs to Engage Boys and Young Men of Color
Join us on March 23, 2023 for a powerful conversation with Ron Walker, Timothy Jones, and Kamau Ptah. Details forthcoming. The goal of Conversations with Thought Leaders is to strengthen the capacity of educators and advocates dedicated to the affirmative development of boys and young men of color.
Harriet Tubman: An American Heroine 
04 Mar 2023
Harriet Tubman: An American Heroine 
By COSEBOC friend and colleague, Pamela M. Tuck: "I learned about Harriet Tubman in my high school history class, and her story empowered me. As soon as people hear her name, they instantly think of an African American heroine who led enslaved Black people to freedom through the Underground Railroad..."

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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