Bringing everyone to the table to close the college opportunity gap.
Strengthening communities through programming and partnerships.
Through our growing multi-stakeholder network, we’re connecting the ambitions and intelligence inherent in all young men of color, to opportunities that improve everyone's future.
Liberty Dental Health Champions
of Tomorrow Scholarship
As a Black-led organization, we know the importance representation can have in enabling futures for youth of color, especially in fields linked to public health. That's why we partnered with Liberty Dental and Sacramento City College to create this trailblazing opportunity.
The IYT-LIBERTY Dental Scholarship Program seeks to increase the number of local African American young men entering careers in dentistry, by supporting a cohort of college freshmen in completing Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene Certification Programs.
Why It Matters
Black people represent only 3.8% of the dentistry workforce, a figure that has remained largely stagnant for the last 15 years. This is initiative focuses on bridging the racial gap in the field of dentistry. Through this perennial and multi-stakeholder program, we’re hoping to raise awareness of this issue and pave the way for more young men of color to enter careers in the dental field.
Providing life-changing and transformational
choice for youth transitioning from incarceration.
Project RISE is a new trauma-informed program that is providing wrap-around social-emotional and educational support services to young men of color as they transition from incarceration to El Centro Jr./Sr. high school.
Led by IYT Mentor Specialist, Willie Stewart, and housed at El Centro, the program provides:
Academic Support and
Activities promoting nutrition,
exercise, relationships, mental
healthcare, mindfulness practices,
and access to nature as mechanisms
for regulating the stress response.
Research reveals a high prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) among incarcerated populations correlating to a high likelihood of arrests, felony charges, and incarceration. Project RISE addresses the significant factors that impact the futures of incarcerated youth such as ACEs and toxic stress. The program also serves as a bridge to IYT membership, giving participants access to the 12-years of programs, services, and support, helping them get to and through college.
Project RISE Partners
IYT Mental Health & Wellness Initatives
Integrating intentional practices, content, and support services to promote the mental, emotional,
and spiritual well-being of young men of color across
Learn from the past, embrace your present, build a better tomorrow.
Brothers of Sankofa
A integrative wellness initiative to support
highlighting the strengths, resilience, and healing nature of all Black and African-American people.
Brother Be Well was created through the Trauma-Informed Wellness Program grant awarded by the Sierra Health Foundation. This grant gives IYT the tremendous opportunity to exclusively focus on wellness and combating trauma with our young men in their communities in Sacramento County.
The program will include seven high school sites in Sacramento County and address the mental and emotional wellness needs of our Black/African-American students and families in a proactive way.
IYT members identifying as Black/African American. The program is called Brothers Of Sankoa. As the name implies, Sankofa means to reach back and reclaim that which is lost in order to move forward. My program will empower members through hands-on wellness workshops focused on resilience, financial well-being, cultural identity, as well as take members on two annual youth retreats with 50 fellow IYT brothers.
As an organization providing direct services and movement building, we have the privilege
of cultivating resilient and authentic relationships everyday with families of color across
northern California and the Central Valley.