The Hidden Genius Project is grounded under the Ngoni Buntu phrase, “I am, because we are. Hence we are because I am!” This form of collectivism colloquially called “African Humanism”, stresses the whole over the parts while emphasizes the individuals are essential to the success and strength of the collective. We want all of our Geniuses to feel that connectivity and to ground and humble us in our daily practices of actualizing our greater selves. The Leadership class uses decolonial theory to bring the Geniuses in community with the wider Black diaspora. We are deeply rooted in the diaspora and this is where we plant our seeds. We pour libations to the ancestors as a way to water those seeds and to show we are grateful for their sacrifices and to acknowledge that we are because they were!
BLACK MALE EMPOWERMENT
In a time when Black male youth continue to face violence and systemic oppression, we equip them with tools to build their own solutions.
INNOVATION THROUGH FOCUSED ITERATION
Creating something new requires repetitive problem solving, and willingness to try multiple approaches.
We provide positive role models that encourage young men to believe in themselves, set lofty goals and execute consistently.
HOLISTIC CARE AND SUPPORT
We work to develop the whole student, so each young man has support to thrive and sustain, within the program and their communities.
We recognize the heterogeneity within our target populations, and practice differentiation in our teaching and mentoring.