Ashanti Branch, MEd
Founder of the Ever Forward Club
Ashanti Branch works to change how young men of color interact with their education—and how their schools interact with them.
Raised in Oakland by a single mother on welfare, Ashanti left the inner city to study civil engineering at California Polytechnic. As a successful construction project manager, his life changed when he began tutoring struggling students and realized his passion for teaching.
In 2004, he started the Ever Forward Club to provide support for African American and Latino males who were not achieving their potential. Since its inception, the Ever Forward Club has helped all of its more than 150 members graduate from high school and 93 percent of them have gone on to attend two- or four-year colleges, join the military, or enter trade school.
Ashanti was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and the Ever Forward Club was featured in the documentary The Mask You Live In, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
The Boy Crisis
October 26 - 28, 2018
Friday - Sunday, 2 nights
A crisis of education. A crisis of mental health. A crisis of fathering. A crisis of purpose. These are the pervasive and significant challenges facing today’s boys and young men, according to Dr. Warren Farrell and Dr. John Gray, coauthors of The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About...
The Art and Science of Connecting Mind, Body, and Emotion for Student Success Conference
January 12 - 15, 2018
Friday - Monday, 3 nights
It’s time for us to reimagine how schools can prepare students for success in college, career, and community, as well as equip them with evidence-based tools for cultivating new habits for health and wellbeing over a lifetime. The research is compelling—students’ academic achievement is highly dependent on cognitive, physical, and emotional wellbeing. In this gathering...