Melvin Hayes

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Founder and executive director of UpWorld Inc.

Chicago, Illinois

Melvin Hayes is the founder and executive director of UpWorld Inc. Having founded other similar programs such as The Global Men’s Leadership at a University, and also The King’s Men’s Initiative which is catering to male students. Mr. Hayes designed and implemented community service opportunities, mentoring, academic support, career development, and workshops that promote academic, social and personal success. Throughout his career he has developed highly successful and award winning leadership education, community engagement, cultural enrichment, business exploration and leadership development initiatives in Milwaukee, Michigan and Chicago.

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Posted Dec. 1, 2017

I Was a Misfit in School, Then I Was Homeless, Now I’m Helping Kids Avoid That Same Fate

I went to Chicago Agricultural High School. It’s known as one of the best high schools in the Chicagoland area.…

By Melvin Hayes

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

February Is Black History Month. Periodt.

I swear I wasn’t trying to end Black History Month with white people and skinfolk that ain’t kinfolk foolery but … Yesterday my homie, Dr.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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