A national nonprofit founded in 1992

Baltimore Sun: Inspiring middle schoolers to thrive

Image removed.

By Nadia Clarke
Published June 25, 2015

On Aug. 11, 1989, David Miller witnessed the shooting of his friend, Donald Vincent Bentley, on the streets of his native Baltimore. That experience ignited a passion for helping young people of color navigate the difficulties they face growing up in America today.

One product of that passion was the creation of a character-development curricula aimed at middle-school students of color, known as Dare To Be King and Dare To Be Queen (DTBK/Q).

My organization, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) has been using David's curriculum in our summer learning programs in Baltimore and elsewhere since 2007 because it confronts head-on the challenges that many of our students - whom we call "scholars" - face in their schools and communities: managing anger, making good decisions, developing resiliency and overcoming distractions to succeed in school and in life.

Read more via the Baltimore Sun >>>

Related News

The Scholar Pledge: Where there is injustice I will take a stand

The BellXcel Pledge

Each day, young scholars join together and recite this pledge. This daily practice is meant to empower them to believe in themselves, in their ability to evoke change, and to be a force for good in this world. For more than 25 years, BellXcel has worked for social justice through education. And...
Girl looking out window

Leveraging Findings from OST Research and Practice to Lessen COVID-19 Learning Gaps

As the pandemic continues to confine many children and families, it is entirely possible that millions of students could go without formal schooling for upwards of 6 months, leaving many students significantly behind in their learning trajectory at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. BellXcel...
U.S. Capitol Building

Take Action for Our Youth: 6 Priorities for the Next Stimulus Package

We must collectively prioritize youth. COVID-19 restrictions are dramatically disrupting the ability for our youth to learn and develop, especially in communities where access to critical tools and resources are limited or non-existent. The learning gaps that youth will undoubtedly experience over...