Our Mission

  • The NYC Men Teach initiative was created to inspire more men of color to become teachers in New York City through engagement and recruitment efforts.


    NYC Men Teach is the nation’s boldest effort to diversify the teaching pipeline by recruiting and retaining 1,000 additional men of color to teach in NYC schools, where currently less than 8% of the teachers are men of color (less than 2% nationally). A collaboration with NYC Department of Education, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Young Men’s Initiative, and the City University of New York, the NYC Men Teach program seeks to impact people, practice, and policy around diversity in our schools and classrooms. In addition to recruiting additional men of color and the differing perspectives they bring to our students and staff, NYC Men Teach builds individual leadership capacity, and promotes educator effectiveness through professional development, personal growth, and a village of support to help male educators of color thrive and stay in the profession.

    Interested in becoming a teacher? Click here for our interest form or click here to learn more about traditional and alternative certification pathways.

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    Our Mission

    NYC Men Teach is dedicated to uniting men of color committed to educating today’s diverse student population, engaging in each other’s professional and leadership development, and empowering the communities they serve.