The Building Better Brothers (B3) program is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of minority and underrepresented males. The central goal is to help minority and underrepresented males matriculate through their collegiate career at UNC Charlotte and produce graduates with high academic achievement and preparedness for post-graduate life. B3 will also create a brotherhood among its participants that supports and expects excellence academically, socially and professionally.
Program services include but are not limited to:
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223
704-687-0030 (Office) | 704-687-1402 (Fax)
B3 Rap Session
Held twice a month, B3 Rap Sessions are informal meetings where B3 participants talk about shared interests, concerns and/or problems.
B3 Leadership Retreat
The B3 Leadership Retreat promotes self-awareness, unity, academic motivation, leadership, and manhood. Participants will be able to come together during the retreat and discuss relevant topics specific to their experiences in their home and collegiate communities. Participants are exposed to UNC Charlotte staff and community leaders, presented workshops, participate in discussions and are able to enjoy an exciting opportunity to bond, network and reflect on who they are and the unlimited potential they possess. Participants will be required to pay a non-refundable fee of $20 to attend the retreat.
Each year, the goal of the Leadership Symposium is to address the obstacles facing underrepresented male groups and progress to uplift minority males, prepare them to be leaders, and see them through the graduation process. Also, the symposium provides access to greater social and cultural opportunities by way of networking within our campus and broader community.
(In partnership with the Young Black Male Leadership Alliance, sponsored by Target)
The purpose of the Wealth Summit is to encourage, empower, and educate minority males on the fundamental financial concepts and strategies to effectively manage personal, family, and business finances so that they may become financially literate and economically self-sufficient.
(In partnership with the Young Black Male Leadership Alliance)
Academic Advisement and Enrichment
B3 participants will meet with an academic advisor once each semester (mid-term) either in a one-on-one or group session. A one-on-one session will be required for participants who are struggling academically (mid-term deficiencies, low cumulative GPAs, etc.). This Academic Check must be completed before registration for the next term; a hold will be placed on student’s account that will prevent registration.
During the Academic Check, we will ensure that participants are taking classes pertinent to their educational and professional goals, review course grades to date, discuss any mid-term issues ways to address them, and next term registration. Academic Check will also serve as a space to review personal action plan/goals and discuss the necessary means to attain said plan/goals.
B3 strives to provide participants with the opportunity to make positive contributions to campus and greater Charlotte community which will encourage community involvement and responsibility, strengthen university-community relations, and provide opportunities for active learning through collaboration. B3 accomplishes this by planning an annual service event, peer mentoring and volunteering at area high schools and volunteering with community organizations such as the Young Black Male Leadership Alliance. Participants will also have the opportunity to create and lead their own service project.
Beginning in Spring 2017, 20 students will be selected as the current academic year’s cohort. Each year following, the next cohort will be selected during the Fall semester following a recruitment and selection process.
Failure to meet above criteria could result in, but not limited to, social probation, restriction from attending B3 Leadership Retreat, or removal from the active roster.
For more information, contact Mr. Shawn Simmons (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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