The BEST Program is a sponsor-driven initiative that pairs HBCU students with executives for successful transition to careers
The mission of The BEST Program is to share learning and experience across generations, cultivate new leaders, and inspire achievements “beyond the possible” through committed involvement and operational excellence.
We do this by placing Black volunteers on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) providing assistance to students with navigating the path from college-to-career.
While the primary focus of The BEST Program is to support the development and employed success of students, an ancillary benefit of the work includes the networking connections developed between professionals. Executives get to meet and know each other via student-based programming and are able to share best practices and access to information to drive successes and partnerships in their sponsoring companies. The relationships are further reinforced at annual conference events and activities.
In an effort to provide an efficient and effective model for our next generation of leaders, the Black Executive & Student Training Program places black professional executives in front of HBCU students to share industry knowledge, insights, and experiences. This, in turn, also brings visibility to the talent pool of educated Black students in America.
Special event conversations are held with the goal of bringing community leaders and students together.
Black executive “coaches” regularly provide guest lectures to prepare students for life after college.
Students are supported by 1:1 mentoring and small groups to guide them through their career development.
While The BEST Program has the potential and capacity to expand to include all 105 HBCUs in the United States, the initial program rollout focuses on a mix of private and public institutions centrally located in the Southeastern United States, Washington, DC. and the United States Virgin Islands.
While HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) were conceived and continue to play a vital role of ensuring access for people of color to the U.S. education systems, our communities of color continue to be devastated by systemic racism, economic disparities and unequal access to opportunities in the workplace. Today, the 105 HBCUs represent just 3% of the nation’s institutions of higher learning, however they graduate nearly 20% of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees and more than 50 % of African American professionals and public school teachers.
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