Charles Cole III is an educator and media producer focused on the advancement of all youth of color, but more specifically Black males. The passion comes from his own experiences growing up without proper support. His life’s goal is to better the communities he grew up in through his work. He has served as a social worker, a director for Teach For America, the vice chair of the California Young Democrats, Black Caucus and at a director’s level at various youth-focused nonprofits. Charles is a national speaker and writer and can be found in Oakland and around the country working with youth on how to equip themselves appropriately to lay the groundwork for a bright future. He is currently finishing his first book aimed at Black males titled, "Stop Hustling Backwards." Charles decided to return to work for the district he grew up in, as a community engagement specialist. There, he worked closely with the community to help drive policies that lead to educational transformation. Charles blogs at One Oakland United, Education Post, Citizen Education and Huffington Post, as well as other outlets.

#MyBlackHistory: My Parents Decided to Go Back to College 30 Years Later. Here’s How My Story Inspired Them.

by Charles Cole III

I know the impact a great education can have on students, their families, their community and the world....

If You Think How We’re Educating Black Kids Has Nothing to Do With Gentrification, You’re Wrong

by Charles Cole III

Let’s take a look at how we are educating black kids. This is a national issue, but I’ll focus on the place I live, Oakland....

Forget the Progressive Divide, Our Kids Need to Read—By Any Means Necessary

by Charles Cole III

If you are a progressive like me, you have to feel good about the gains we’re making. If you’re an urban educator, like me, not...

What They Really Mean When They Say, ‘College Ain’t for Everyone’

by Charles Cole III

We’ve all heard rich people tell poor people money isn’t everything. It’s always someone with a great salary, some benefits, property, a 401K and enough...

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I believe all children can learn and achieve.
I believe we owe it to them to provide supportive learning opportunities and the chance to go to college.

#BecauseTheyCan