Our core values are
  • Discipline
  • Compassion
  • Trustworthiness
  • Grit

College Tribe envisions a community of young black boys empowered by a strong education to achieve academic and career success. We currently serve 3rd to 12th grade Black boys living in Southeast Washington, DC.

College Tribe began with the vision to mentor young men and provide supplemental STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) education. This vision has since expanded to include the Arts, reading and literacy, social skills and personal development. College Tribe participants use these educational and life skills to take advantage of opportunities and improve their lives.


College Tribe was founded by four Black fathers who recognized the challenge in raising Black boys without a strong support system. During the first two years, the organization created mentor relationships between Black men and high school boys in order to expose students to college pathways and career success. The group quickly recognized that intervention was needed at an earlier age to increase college preparation and academic achievement. 


College Tribe began its elementary and middle school programming geared towards 3rd to 8th grade boys.


Based on the expertise of mentors and the needs of students, College Tribe piloted a program to offer after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes in the 2010-2011 academic year. Courses started with robotics and added video game design the following school year. 


College Tribe hosted its first STEM summer camp. 


After finishing the STEM pilot program in 2012, the organization identified the effectiveness of combining STEM education and personal mentoring. College Tribe further refined its focus: Black men mentoring Black boys and creating STEM leaders. 


College Tribe expanded its programming to include literacy, cultural awareness, SEL (social and emotional curriculum), Arts, and Leadership Training.


The Knights Pack Book Club was founded to improve student literacy skills and increase interest in reading and writing.

College Tribe provides youth access to activities, training and growth programs to ensure skills to support equitable development are embedded in their daily lives.  Youth enrolled in College Tribe programs have access to mentors, high impact tutors, STEM, Art, reading, field trips, and more. 
Our focus on mentorship and STREAM skill development allows youth to have diverse choices during periods of time when they are not in school. We pride ourselves on our capacity to offer caring, safe, and fun environments.  From after school programs to weekend outings, our programs allow the youth we serve to own their daily actions and experiences while building key skills for the future.

Achieve your goals at College Tribe


A community of young Black boys empowered with skills to support collegiate and career success.


College Tribe’s mission is to cultivate character, scholarship and social competence of 3rd to 8th grade boys living in Washington DC.

Our Work

STEM/Arts Education and Black men mentoring Black Boys.

Our Partners