Mentoring and More
BAB empowers young men by introducing them to positive, relatable role models who are high achieving men of color, and are currently attending a selective four-year college. Brothers at Bard was created as an on-campus club by students Dariel Vasquez and Harry Johnson in the fall of 2014. BAB's first community project was a brotherhood circle held biweekly at the Kingston Boys and Girls Club. In the circle, young men of color had a safe space to share experiences and connect with men of color at Bard College.
Today, in addition to this safe space, BAB operates the following: Kingston High School in-school tutoring center; College Tour Series; BAB Summer Academy; Annual Young Men of Color Conference; and mentoring trips and retreats. BAB also employs an onsite project manager to support the administration at Kingston High School.
Brothers at Bard efforts in Kingston are funded in part by a My Brother’s Keeper Grant from the New York State Department of Education.