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    We believe in
    Black youth

Who We Are

HBCU First is a student-led nonprofit on a mission to increase college success and career access for Black youth.
We believe Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — due to their track record of graduating thriving professionals — should be the first choice of college-bound Black youth and diverse-talent-seeking organizations.

In 2019, HBCU First did two things to support and empower our future leaders:
1) Launched the leading resource (HBCUFirst.com) for Black college info
2) Developed the HBCU Student Development Framework™

To ensure our work has real impact, we enlist the help of the people we serve — Black youth. Through our HBCU Leadership Incubator™, students from America's 100+ historically Black colleges develop & manage our programs and resources.

Our ultimate goal is to help Black youth, our economy's most underrepresented, move America forward — economically and socially.

Our Values & Principles

We are proud earners of the Guidestar® 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, our commitment to Feedback, Accountably, Community, Transparency, and Service (FACTS) guides how we work, and who we work with.

Feedback: We are focused on being better and doing better. We provide a safe space for Black youth to share ideas and voice opinions.


Accountability: We believe we're all in this together. We see personal responsibility & accountability as a key to progress.


Community: We cultivate a family atmosphere within our organization by supporting students professionally, socially, and emotionally.


Transparency: We believe honest & direct communication is the way forward. We share what's on our mind and expect the same in return.


Service: We lead through service. We are committed to serving Black youth and teaching the value of helping others move forward.

HBCU First's mission is to increase college success + career access for Black youth.

Check out our student development framework