Knights Building Knights (KBK)
"Developing leaders through support, service, and brotherhood"
What is KBK?
Knights Building Knights (KBK) is a leadership development and success collaborative designed to support male students, particularly African American and Latino, as they navigate and advance through Ardrey Kell High School (Charlotte, NC). KBK strives to develop a brotherhood amongst participants to support and cultivate an experience of academic, social, and developmental excellence.
It is important to note that KBK is not a behavioral modification/disciplinary project, but rather a development initiative that takes willing individuals to their next level of success.
Mission: To provide a space for males of color to develop personally and professionally, in a majority of space, while learning how to impact their younger brothers and the greater community.
Vision: The implementation of an exceptional program that produces distinguished, well-rounded males that are prepared for career and college, equipped to conquer their goals.
Data and personal experiences have both proven male students of color to be overlooked and not adequately supported when learning in majority spaces. KBK compliments Ardrey Kell's intentional efforts regarding diversity and inclusion, and the well-balanced student experience our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing.
How can one participate?
The first step in becoming a member of the cohort is a nomination from a teacher or self-recommendation from the student. After one has been nominated, they receive a letter of invitation and application to review with their parent/guardian. If one chooses to apply, they must obtain an application from Mr. Stitt or Mr. Adair to be scheduled for an interview. The inaugural cohort will not exceed 40 young men.
What is the commitment?
KBK participants will be expected to attend all scheduled meetings "KnightTalks" (twice a month), as scheduled by leadership. If a student displays a need for remediation in their coursework, they must notify KBK leadership and arrange to report to that teacher in advance. Failure to attend scheduled events will result in dismissal from the KBK opportunity.