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Excellence Academy/Coventry Black Boys Can

CHAIR - Mrs Gwendolyn Daley

TREASURER - Mrs Yvonne Kelly

SECRETARY - Mrs Michael Morgan

CONTACT PERSON - Mrs John Daley

About Your Group

The National Black Boys Can Association, a community led organisation, has risen up in direct response to this challenge. It is a proactive, action-oriented organisation that aims to provide black boys with educational opportunity, valuable life skills, and the self-esteem, confidence and determination to succeed. All these qualities are essential if they are to overcome disadvantage and make the most of their formative and adult years.

To raise the social and academic aspirations and achievements of Black boys between the ages of 8-16 yrs.

To raise the social and academic aspirations and achievements of Black boys between the ages of 8-16 yrs.

To see Black boys become successful boys of today and Black men of tomorrow.

To unleash the potentials of Black boys by engaging all relevant stakeholders in the process.

  • To provide an effective personal development programme for Black boys
  • To upskill parents to enable them to provide effective support to their sons
  • To empower local communities to run their own Black Boys Can Project
  • To work in partnership with mainstream education
  • To lobby to effect change at policy level
  • To provide relevant services to other key stakeholders.
  • We are committed to unleashing the unlimited potentials of Black boys, promoting positive images of them and creating, supporting and encouraging their educational success.

We operate on sound, ethical and biblical principles, practice integrity and pursue excellence in all our affairs.

We promote equal opportunities, diversity and mutual respect in all our relationships and welcome the positive contributions anyone can make to the organisation irrespective of their gender or race.

The National Black Boys Can Association grew out of the work of an innovative local project based in the Acocks green area of Birmingham. The project was started by a group of four concerned Black professionals from a Black majority church, in response to a clearly identified need for some form of intervention to redress the situation.

The local project, named Excellence Academy / Coventry Black Boys Can, was initially set up as a six weeks summer holiday programme, targeting Black boys between the ages of 8-16. Despite the fact that some of the 25 boys who initially registered on the project were reluctant to join, not only did the project have a 95% retention rate, but at the end of the six weeks programme, all the boys voted for the continuation of the project. The organisers chose to respond to the demands of the boys, which eventually led to the formulation of a longer-term project.

Interest in the project came not only from the boys but also from the press. This culminated in a front-page article in the Times Education Supplement in 2002. This exposure created a huge demand for the services of the organisation, testifying to the need for an organization that is vibrant, bold and progressive with the credibility and track record for making a difference to the lives of Black boys. Again the Directors of the organisation responded to the challenge of expanding its services geographically. The approach it took was to set up a Franchise operation, empowering local communities around the country to run their own Black Boys Can projects.

The National Black Boys Can Association was officially launched in 2002 by Sir Bill Morris, the Patron of the Association. Since then it has grown from strength to strength and has gained credibility amongst all its major stakeholders.

The National Black Boys Can Association, a community led organisation, has risen up in direct response to this challenge. It is a proactive, action-oriented organisation that aims to provide black boys with educational opportunity, valuable life skills, and the self-esteem, confidence and determination to succeed. All these qualities are essential if they are to overcome disadvantage and make the most of their formative and adult years.

Excellence Academy / Coventry Black Boys Can is a community led organisation, which is a proactive, action-oriented organisation that aims to provide black boys, Caribbean, African, and of mixed heritage; between the ages of 8yrs to 16yrs with educational opportunity, valuable life skills, and the self-esteem, confidence and determination to succeed. All these qualities are essential if they are to overcome disadvantage and make the most of their formative and adult years. We work in partnership with other educational bodies to help the boys overcome some of the barriers which many of them face, and empower them with strategies for overcoming those barriers.

Excellence Academy / Coventry Black Boys Can is a community led organisation, which is a proactive, action-oriented organisation that aims to provide black boys, Caribbean, African, and of mixed heritage; between the ages of 8yrs to 16yrs with educational opportunity, valuable life skills, and the self-esteem, confidence and determination to succeed. All these qualities are essential if they are to overcome disadvantage and make the most of their formative and adult years. We work in partnership with other educational bodies to help the boys overcome some of the barriers which many of them face, and empower them with strategies for overcoming those barriers.

  • Aims to motivate them to educational and social success.
  • Assists them in developing strategies for dealing with adverse factors that often impede their progress.
  • Operates within a positive environment where boys learn to value themselves and others.
  • Is taught by positive role models; people who believe in the ability of Black boys to succeed.
  • Is developed on a local level in conjunction with the boys themselves. The boys have a real stake in how their local project is developed.
Assists them in developing strategies for dealing with adverse factors that often impede their progress.
Operates within a positive environment where boys learn to value themselves and others.
Is taught by positive role models; people who believe in the ability of Black boys to succeed.
Is developed on a local level in conjunction with the boys themselves. The boys have a real stake in how their local project is developed.

Excellence Academy / Coventry Black Boys Can run the following classes throughout the year:

Saturday Supplementary School - Term Time only
A focus on Maths, English, ICT , Science, Black History, Empowerment Training and Sports.
Runs every other Saturday, from Barrs Hill School and Community College 09:45 – 15:00 hrs.

Wise Program - Term Time only
A focus on early development for both Boys & Girls regardless of ethnicity.
Runs every other Saturday, from Barrs Hill School and Community College 09:45 – 13:00 hrs.

Homework and Reading Club - Term Time only
Providing homework and reading support from KS2 – KS4 as well as revision support.
Runs every other Monday, from 83, Old Church Road, Bell Green, Coventry. 18:00 – 19:45 hrs.

Music Class - Term Time only
Young people have the opportunity to learn keyboard, drum, guitar and base guitar skills.
Runs every other Thursday, from 83, Old Church Road, Bell Green, Coventry. 18:00 – 20:00 hrs.

Summer School - THE FIRST TWO WEEKS IN AUGUST ONLY.
Participate in our Summer School which is open to girls and boys between the ages of 5 yrs to 16 yrs,
and features a trip at the end of each week for the enjoyment of our students. The Summer program is packed with activities, academic as well as fun.
Runs every weekday, from Barrs Hill School and Community College 09:00 – 15:30 hrs.

Weekend Residential - WHITSON WEEKEND ONLY
Young people participate in our weekend residential which is open to young people from the ages of 8 years and above. This features a trip on the Bank Holiday Monday of the residential. The program has various speakers who come and do empowerment sessions, which students are free to ask questions on related issues at the end of the presentation. Fun activities are also incorporated in the program.
Our projects also provide support in national curriculum subjects such as maths, english and science.. 
This extra support is given to supplement what they are already being taught at school and is not designed to replace the important role that their school teachers play in their education.
However our aim is to have all boys whom we work with achieve A* - C grades in their GCSE’s

In addition, boys on our programmes gain access to Blackpupils.com, a dedicated website for Black pupils, launched at the House of Lords in 2007. This site is an online interactive resource packed full of a range of materials, including information on how to study for success, careers and enterprise options, community social and current affairs, Black History, and so much more. For more information, logon to www.blackpupils.com  Most projects operate on Saturday mornings on a fortnightly basis providing a training and development programme for boys between the ages of 8-16.

For further information please contact:

Seymour Cooper
Project Coordinator
Coventry Black Boys Can
83, Old Church Road
Bell Green
Coventry
West Midlands
CV6 7EB

Telephone:  Work  02476 551258
 

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