SAN ANTONIO – My Brother's Keeper has teamed up with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas to award scholarships to encourage more African-American and Latino men to become school teachers or counselors in the San Antonio area.
Only 2 percent of teachers are African-American or Latino men, according to a national study. This spurred state Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins to promote diversity for teachers.
My Brother's Keeper is a group devoted to developing skills and leadership among men of color.
Jamie Alexander, the first scholarship applicant, said he wants to give back to the community through this program.
"I can't recall too many other male role models in my life besides my family. I feel that this is a great opportunity to give back to the community in more ways than I can even imagine," Alexander said.
A graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in computer graphic arts with an emphasis on 3D animation, Alexander hopes to teach young students the same subject while still working on his projects.
College graduates are urged to apply for yearlong internship that will show them how to become teachers in areas related to their degrees. At the end of that year, they'll be certified as public school teachers. For more information on MBKSA's education partnership, which includes the chance to apply for a scholarship, click here.