Mentoring of African American Boys
The Power of One
Since 2009, the Community Based Mentoring Program for African-American Boys has been impacting the community one student at a time. Our volunteer community mentors come alongside our boys to encourage, expose, and support our boys during their educational journey. Students are exposed to activities and events that focus on character, leadership, college and career readiness, STEM, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. If you are interested in building the future generation of men, consider becoming a mentor with the African-American Boys, which serves students across the district.
James Rayford, Director
(770) 277- 4485
James Rayford joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2002 as an assistant principal and later became a principal. Prior to coming to the school system, he worked at Georgia Tech’s CEISMC (Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing) as a program manager for a teacher internship program. He has seen the impact that the program in making in students’ lives. One mentor can change a student’s trajectory in school and in life.
Mentor Johnny Quarterman has been employed by GCPS for nine years and a volunteer mentor for four years. “Mr. Quarterman has been there for my son since he was in middle school. He is a Shiloh HS Class of 2020 graduate and is serving our country in the military. Mr. Quarterman was the best influence for my son while in school.” - Tacia Taylor, Parent.