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HBCU Exploratory Program

The growing number of students unprepared for college & career success is putting America's future at risk. We believe creating new synergies between Black youth, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and leading industries is key to reversing this trend and moving America forward. So in 2019, HBCU First launched America’s first & only national HBCU Exploratory Program.

What is the HBCU Exploratory Program?
A college success + career access program leveraging the inherent opportunities and challenges of Black youth. The program focuses on college & career navigation skills and social-emotional readiness.

What is the goal of the HBCU Exploratory Program?
To increase college success + career access for Black youth.

The HBCU Exploratory Program helps promising students to:
• mentally prepare for college and beyond
• choose the best college & career path
• develop a college & career playbook for success

Upcoming Workshop

Sticky Notes
The 3 Key Dimensions of the HBCU Exploratory Program are:
  • College Readiness Workshops

    College Readiness Workshops
    The HBCU First College Readiness Workshop Series helps youth of color navigate the college journey. We explore self-knowledge, the HBCU experience, and college & career choice. Our student-centered workshops are in partnership with high schools across 25 states and serve hundreds of students per year.
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  • Near-Peer Mentoring

    Near-Peer Mentoring
    The HBCU First Near-Peer Mentoring Program helps college-bound Black youth transition to college. High school juniors and seniors are matched with one of our 400+ student mentors — representing all 101 of America's HBCUs — for one-on-one support in developing a playbook for college success.

  • Black College & Cultural Tours

    Black College & Cultural Tours
    The HBCU First Black College & Cultural Tour provides youth of color an opportunity to explore their identities through Black cultural sites & museums and form visceral “connections” to HBCU campuses. High school juniors and seniors become better equipped to choose the best college & career path.

Help underrepresented youth lead America forward.