A Gap-Year Experience for Male Youth of Color

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What is Embolden?

Embolden will be a gap-year (bridge)  program offering high-potential male youth of color unique international experience, foreign language skills, internship/service opportunities, and academic support needed to improve their preparation for college and post-graduate endeavors. 

Why a Gap Year for boys of color?

Male youth of color struggle significantly to gain admission to and matriculate through college due to a host of unmet needs and lagging skills. Research points to gap year programs as a noteworthy skill building opportunity - citing accelerated maturity, stronger academic performance, global perspective and improved career opportunities, to name a few of the benefits. Drawing from and innovating on these existing gap year programs that remain elusive for American ethnic minorities, Embolden will be a carefully curated experience tailored to the needs of black and brown boys that will ensure program alum enter college empowered to not only persist, but competitively engage in their campus community, both academically and socially.

Percentage of Black and Hispanic American 25-to-29-Year-Olds With a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, by Gender  Read More from  The Atlantic

Percentage of Black and Hispanic American 25-to-29-Year-Olds With a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, by Gender Read More from The Atlantic

June 2019 Pilot

We will be hosting a 6-week pilot of Embolden in Medellin, Colombia. Young men of color are encouraged to apply!


Dates: June 22nd-August 3rd. (6 weeks)

Program Size: up to 20 graduating seniors

Includes pre-departure logistic support, housing, meals, travel insurance, and program offerings listed below

Pilot Program Offerings

  • Internships- increase employability through desirable placements including but not limited to public relations, event coordinating, marketing, project management

  • Spanish language and Culture Course - study the historical and political history of Colombia while increasing language proficiency.

  • University-level math preparation- individualized support from highly-qualified coaches to ensure they begin their first college math course with confidence.

  • Leadership and Personal Development - mentorship and networking with male business leaders of color, team-building exercises, mindfulness & financial literacy sessions

  • Service-Learning- Student-driven projects to better the local community.

  • Tours and excursions in and around Medellin, voted the most innovative city in South America!

More on Medellin

Participants will spend the summer in Poblado, a historic, safe, and highly desirable neighborhood in Medellin, at a state-of-the-art facility, equipped with a Forbes-ranked co-working space, high speed internet, cafes, a yoga deck, meditation room, movie theater, and rooftop music studio.

Cost: $3900 (Payment plans & Financial Aid available)

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