Future Kings Mentoring, an initiative by University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University students, was recently named one of 30 winning Changemaker Competition projects.
The initiative is the brainchild of Swanson School of Engineering students Terrell Galloway, Isreal Williams, Sean Spencer and a Duquesne University journalism and web design student.
The team’s goal is to address the crippling psychological effects on black men that stem from a history of slavery, Jim Crow-era laws and mass incarceration. They believe that by mentoring young, black, male-identifying students, they can stop the cycle by encouraging them and showing that they are capable of great success. The team will receive a trip to the Changemaker Lab at the T-Mobile Headquarters in Seattle for a two-day workshop in February 2020, where they will receive mentorship, seed funding, training and support to make their ideas a reality.