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HBCU Exploratory Program

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 Our nation's outdated approach to preparing students for success is both an outcome, and driver of this national crisis.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 launched America's first & only national HBCU Exploratory Program.

What is the HBCU Exploratory Program?
The HBCU Exploratory Program is a college success + career access program for Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students. The program leverages the lived experience of HBCU alums to help Black youth navigate the college & career journey and bridge the gap between learning and doing.

The key dimensions of the HBCU Exploratory Program are the HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program, HBCU Career Talks™, and our Micro Leadership Program.

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  • Near-Peer Mentoring

    Near-Peer Mentoring
    The HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program helps HBCU students transition to college and develop a plan for success.


    Through a 10-week, social-emotional wellness based curriculum, each freshman & upperclassman pair develops a playbook for their college journey & beyond.


  • HBCU Career Talks

    Career Talks
    HBCU Career Talks™ increases HBCU student access to first-hand career insight.


    Through an intimate, virtual Q&A format, dynamic Black professionals unpack what it takes to go from college intern to executive. We discuss career strategy, industry expectations, and staying relevant.


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  • Micro Leadership Program

    Micro Leadership Program
    The HBCU Micro Leadership Program helps students attending America's 101 HBCUs bridge the gap between learning and doing.


    Through meaningful, research-based projects and weekly 1:1 growth sessions, student interns gain entrepreneurial skills and professional leadership experience.


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Help increase college success + career access for Black youth.