Ashanti Branch, MEd
Founder of the Ever Forward Club
Ashanti Branch works to change how students, especially 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 Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo. A construction project manager in his first career, his life changed after he tutored struggling students and realized his passion for teaching.
In 2004, during Ashanti’s first year teaching high school math, he started the Ever Forward Club to provide support for African-American and Latino males who were not achieving to their potential. Since then, Ever Forward has helped all of its more than 150 members graduate from high school, and 93% of them have gone on to attend two- or four-year colleges or military or trade school.
The Ever Forward Club was featured in the documentary The Mask You Live In, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
After completing a fellowship at the Stanford d.school in 2016, Ashanti, began working full-time as the founding executive director for Ever Forward–Siempre Adelante in an effort to grow the organization to serve thousands of Bay Area students. Ashanti was awarded a fellowship from the national organization Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) and is currently a presidential fellow at Saybrook University.
How to Successfully Raise Boys for the Future
August 2 - 4, 2019
Friday - Sunday, 2 nights
A crisis of education. A crisis of mental health. A crisis of fathering. A crisis of purpose. These are among 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...
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...
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...