"We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.”
- King T'Challah
Urban Mentor partnered with Black and Royal AF to sponsor students to see the highly anticipated and record breaking film, Marvel's Black Panther. Initially hatched as a social media post, it captured our founder, Leonitha Francis' attention and evolved into a partnership effort with students from urban communities within the DMV area (DC-Maryland-Virginia) at the center. In just 6 days, over $2K was raised in donations from all across the nation -- $900 of which Urban Mentor's donors contributed.
We were able to sponsor 150 students in total over 2 screenings. The first screening was on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 hosted at the Regal Gallery Place 14 in Washington, DC. 100 students from Ballou STAY High School, an alternative high school in southeast DC, were given a private theater to experience Black Panther as one big family!
Principal Cara Fuller shared, "We're so excited to be at this movie, even the thought that someone wanted to expose our students to Black excellence is amazing and so we're super appreciative."
Our second screening was hosted on Monday, February 26th, 2018 simultaneously at Regal Kingstowne in Alexandria, Virginia and Regal Potomac Yards in Alexandria, Virginia with 50 students of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria and the Greater Washington Boys & Girls Club collaboratively.
We are immensely grateful to all of our donors who supported this effort that came together in literally 3 weeks -- we thank you! We're also grateful for the Ria Blanche of Black and Royal AF, our photographer Troy Mitchell, and most importantly our students and faculty/chaperones who work alongside them everyday. You are the everyday superheroes, impacting the minds of our honorary Wakanda citizens. "Its awesome when the community partners with the school and make amazing things happen", says Principal Fuller. As King T'Challah admonished, we have to look after one another.
Not all superheroes wear capes -- most are mentors.
A portion of Ballou STAY High School students and faculty, Ria Blanche of Black and Royal AF and Leonitha Francis, Urban Mentor founder.
[left to right] Kate Lancaster (Ballou STAY HS Social Worker), Ria Blanche (Black and Royal AF), Leonitha Francis (Urban Mentor) and James Murphy (Ballou STAY HS Faculty)
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