• MBK Fellows

     

    MBK Fellows in Albany  

     

    MBK Fellows is a New York State recognized high school program for young men of color in 11th-12th grade, through the Office of Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Initiatives (CLRI). The MBK Fellows Grant provides a mentoring component where young men have opportunities to gain authentic leadership experience(s) in government, education and business. Young men in the program engage in cultural events and excursions both local and out of state, participate in workshops, book studies, NYS leadership events, and develop service projects beneficial to the schools they attend and the communities they live in.

     

     

    2021 - 2022

    Our New York State recognized MBK Fellows had a busy year involved in several leadership opportunities, one of which included a summer internship where they worked alongside several prominent leaders in Buffalo's City Hall. Fellows attended field excursions, workshops and were guests on a WNED recording of a documentary about Franklin H. Williams, a distinguished attorney and civil rights leader.

    Current MBK Fellows:

    Jaden Coronado, Performing Arts

    Sadik Sadik, McKinley 

    Izzah Ringer, East Community

    Prince Mandilou, Riverside 

     

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    In addition, MBK Fellows participate in Mastermind book studies led by Dr. Aneal Alston from NYSED. Those titles include:

    • When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
    • Madd Truth by Dr. Reverand Wyatt

     

     

    2020-2021

    20-21 MBK Fellows:

    • Jarriel Correa, McKinley High School
    • Richard Heard, Lewis J. Bennett High School of Innovative Technology
    • Don'te Delaney, McKinley High School
    • Omar Pizarro, McKinley High School

     

    Mastermind Book Series

    MBK Fellows and their mentors participate via conference call in book studies and discussion throughout the school year, with Dr. Anael Alston and the NYSED team. Each week, MBK Fellows share meaningful aspects of the book and how they are applying these tools in their everyday life.

    This year's Mastermind readings:

    • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
    • When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
    • Brooklyn Bred by Attika J. Torrence

     

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    MBK Fellows share insight and connections to the literature, with their fellow brothers across New York State.

     

     

     

     

    2019-2020

      

    2019–2020 MBK Fellows strike a happy pose at the 2020 NYS MBK Symposium in Albany, NY.

     MBK Fellows with Dr. Morrell

     

    The fellows meet Dr. Don Applyrs, New York State Education Department (NYSED) Director of the Office of Family and Community Engagement.

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    Byron Chavis with Dr. Don Applyrs and Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, author of Madd Truth, the NYS MBK Fellows book read.

    MBK Fellow with Dr. Don Applyrs and Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt  

     

    MBK Fellows and their mentors participate via conference call in the masterminds (book studies and discussion) on the book Madd Truth by Dr. Alfonso Wyatt with Dr. Anael Alston. Fellows share meaningful aspects of the book and how they are applying these tools in their everyday life.

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    MBK Fellows Speaking

     

    Byron Chavis speaks to his peers about the importance of staying focus.

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    Buffalo Public Schools Associate Superintendent Dr. Fatima Morrell joins her intellectual peers on a panel with Dr. Alfonso Wyatt.

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    Jontae Griffin speaks to his peers about the significance of having support at the NYS MBK Fellows Symposium.

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    Omar Pizarro, gives a heartfelt speech on the love and support he received from his late grandmother

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    MBK Fellows: Byron Chavis, Jariel Correa, Jontae Griffin, and Omar Pizarro, Associate Superintendent Dr. Morrell, and CLRI Coordinator Candace Gayles-Morales with New York State Department of Education Chancellor Dr. Betty Rosa.

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    MBK Fellows present at the 2020 BPS Urban Forum at East Community High School.

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    MBK Fellows at Urban Forum

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