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HBCU Exploratory Framework™

Research shows persistent socioeconomic inequality is putting America's future at risk. Our nation's outdated approach to preparing students for success is both an outcome, and driver of this national crisis.

We believe America's youth are entitled to a more holistic approach to college & career readiness. So in 2019, HBCU First developed the HBCU Exploratory Framework™.

What is the HBCU Exploratory Framework™?
The HBCU Exploratory Framework™ is a college success + career access model for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The framework leverages the lived experience of Black executives to help Black youth navigate the college-to-career journey and bridge the gap between learning and doing.

The key dimensions of the HBCU Exploratory Framework™ are the HBCU Leadership Incubator™, HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program, and HBCU Equity™.

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  • HBCU Leadership Incubator™

    HBCU Leadership Incubator™
    Through our 12-week leadership development program, each HBCU student “lead” develops & manages an HBCU First program.

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  • HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program

    HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program
    Utilizing our social-emotional resilience based curriculum, HBCU “near-peer mentors” pair w/first-year schoolmates to develop a playbook for college-to-career success.

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  • HBCU Equity™

    HBCU Equity™
    HBCU “peer researchers” conduct career-related studies to better understand the socio-academic drivers of America’s Black youth.

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Help increase college success + career access for Black youth.