American Promise : Helping Black Boys Excel in School

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  • Understanding the Promise
  • Why These Tips Are Important
  • Tweak Your Parenting Style
  • Remind Him That He Comes From Greatness
  • Visit Your Son’s School
  • Read to Your Child Everyday
  • Teach Him Healthy Masculinities
  • Provide Him With Healthy Food
  • Be Your Child’s First Teacher
  • Take Parenting Classes
  • Teach Your Child to Advocate for Himself

Understanding the Promise

The 2013 Sundance-winning documentary American Promise follows two African-American boys as they navigate their futures in the NYC education system. Hilary Beard, one of the authors of the film’s book, Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life, gives us tips on what parents, teachers and young Black boys and teens can do to live up to their full potential. —Kellee Terrell  (@kelleent)

(Photo: Alfredo Alcantara/Rada Film Group)

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