Let’s flood the schools & communities of Detroit with our intentional presence & engagement.
Join In Demand as we connect Black men with opportunities to become educators, mentors & volunteers.
To all Black men:
Let’s come together to form an army of Black men who are ready to make an impact on Detroit.
BE SEEN. BE HEARD. BE THE SOLUTION.
Your PRESENCE & your VOICE are needed to DEVELOP & PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY.
SHOW UP & BE CONNECTED TO OPPORTUNITIES TO REVOLUTIONIZE OUR COMMUNITY.
With respect to the recent murders of our brothers and sisters, including the death of George Floyd by police, In Demand mourns and stands with our communities that live under the consistent threat of death and injustice from those who are entrusted to protect our lives and well-being.
From the legal system to the educational system, we believe that our communities will ultimately be made better by the intentional involvement and presence of Black men who have the heart, intelligence, integrity and commitment to be an answer—especially during these upended days & times.
Now more than ever, BLACK MEN, WE NEED YOU. Teach, mentor or volunteer and be a catalyst for change in your community.
A support group for men who serve youth across schools & communities.
10AM-12PM every second Saturday beginning
Rosedale Park Baptist Church
14179 Evergreen Detroit, MI 48223
PERSEVERE. RESTORE. ENCOURAGE. SUPPORT. STRENGTHEN
To all Black men who are fathers, educators & mentors: please join In Demand as we record a music video that celebrates your work & presence in the lives of our youth.
When: 2/15/20 @ 3:00PM
Where: Adams Butzel Recreation Complex Boxing Gym
10500 Lyndon St.
Research supports that students of color tend to achieve more when they have teachers who mirror their culture and background. A March 2017 study by the Institute of Labor Economics found that when Black male students have at least one Black male teacher in grades three through five, high school dropout rates decrease significantly.
Having a teacher who looks like you and who you can relate to, can help students feel more comfortable, confident and enthusiastic. This is not to disparage the work of teachers who are not of color. It’s simply to acknowledge the unfortunate truth of racial bias within our educational system and propose that part of the solution is to draw more black males to the profession.
The solution seems simple: Recruit more Black male teachers. However, Black male teachers make up only two percent of the teaching force in America. This is due to a myriad circumstances.
So how can we widen the funnel for Black men to consider teaching? This is a simple answer: Recruit more Black men first as volunteers and mentors.
Recently, the staff at a local school endeavored to increase the presence of Black men by inviting community members to volunteer. Black men from every walk of life and profession answered the call. Each man who volunteered was asked if they would consider becoming an educator full-time, and it lifted my soul to hear the responses.
Through this experience, I learned something powerful: Black men do not lack desire to become educators. Rather, complex barriers may be holding them back. To solve this we must provide a clear path for Black men to volunteer across school and community. Then, those who pursue education must be supported through mentorship. In Demand is a movement that seeks to connect Black men to opportunities to become volunteers, mentors and educators.