IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL ORGANIZATION, BLACK MEN RUN
In January of 2018, Transformation Life Center answered the desperate call from Myra Taylor, then principal of Buena Vista Elementary School located in the under-resourced North Nashville community, to connect strong, influential African American male role models with 3rd and 4th grade boys to improve literacy, attitudes, health and wellness.
Transformation Life Center Founder and CEO, Demetrius Short is an avid runner and serves as Nashville Captain of the national organization Black Men Run. Demetrius adopted the Brown Boys Read program from BMR Madison Wisconsin Captain Aaron Perry in 2018 who after seeing phenomenal growth and success under Transformation Life Center, turned reigns of the program over to Demetrius and Transformation Life Center.
Black Men Run, Brown Boys Read is an 8-10 week after school program that provides reading, exercising and leadership development to 3rd and 4th grade black and brown boys living in underserved communities. Members of the Nashville Black Men Run group serve as male role models and read with 50 black and brown boys for an hour followed by a run or walk. The overachieving goals of this initiative is to improve participants reading proficiency and develop a healthy lifestyle through running, walking or walking. The program fosters relationships with schools in the under-represented communities, bearing the heaviest burden of disease and poor health status. We provide the hope and aspirations for these young men to live fuller and healthier lives.
At the end of the program, participants will compete in the Steps of Success 5K Run/Walk with their Black Men Run role model and receive a certificate of completion. Reading proficiency is assessed throughout the program to ensure all participants are reading at or above a third grade reading level.