G.A.M.E -- Guiding, Achieving, Mentoring, and Encouraging. A mission that Seth J. ’21 and Kevin W. ’21 set out to accomplish when they decided to create a mentorship program for Black boys at The Hun School this past summer.
In response to the tragic death of George Floyd and the racial injustices occurring in our country, it was important to both Seth and Kevin to create a support system specifically for Black men on campus.
Both students explained that while there is already a Black Student Union on campus, they were intentional in creating a space that focuses solely on the experiences of Black boys and men.
“I think I am really aware of the difficulties that are associated with being a Black man in a predominantly white context, so I wanted to create a program where other Black men at our school could go for mentoring as well as a space to be supported by others like them,” Seth said.
G.A.M.E Program meetings take place every other Thursday at 7:30 p.m., where attendees meet via Zoom to discuss relevant news topics, share personal anecdotes about their experiences on and off campus, as well as connect with Black male alumni to seek advice and learn about how The Hun School has shaped them into who they are today.
Otis Douce, director of equity, inclusion, and global diversity, believes that “having older students present to help younger students navigate the social, academic, and sometimes racial challenges faced by Black boys is simply invaluable.”
Kevin notes that while there may not be a guest speaker at every meeting or a new topic to discuss; the biweekly meetings are more of just a space for Black men to come together.
“We really just enjoy meeting to have deep conversations that only we as Black men can relate to,” he said. “It’s a place where we don’t have to be censored and we can really just speak openly about how we feel and what we are going through. Plus, it’s really nice to connect with alumni and hear about their lives.”
While the G.A.M.E Program’s meetings are limited to Zoom for now, in the future the group plans to add a tutoring program, community service work, as well as social events to their list of meeting activities.