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We envision achievement without limits. We are here to support the Obama Academy.

The mission of the Friends of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy is to invest in and empower endangered young men, in order to develop leaders and role models for our community. We support an academically rigorous, character-based, single gender education that includes rich experiences outside of school. In doing so, we champion a replicable model for Dallas ISD and other school systems to benefit increasing numbers of students.


BOMLA FRIENDS is an independent, 501c3 organization providing fundraising and ‘friendraising’ for the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy since 2011.

Board of Directors:

  • Sophia Johnson, Chair
  • Lyria Howland, Founding Board Chair
  • Renee Thompson, Treasurer
  • L.D. Carter
  • Kamilah Collins
  • Elizabeth Plumlee
  • Minerva Rodriquez
  • Damian Sanders
  • Needhi Vasavada
  • Michael Bland, Ex Officio
  • Nakia Douglas, Ex Officio

If you are interested in learning  more about the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, we encourage you to attend a tour of the school.

Group tours begin with a brief presentation about our history, vision for the future and how you can be part of the FRIENDS mission to enable achievement of young leadership without limits.

During the academic school year, campus tours are held Wednesdays from 10am – 11:30am.

Inquire about the next group with Kezia Stegemoeller at (972) 589-4067 or email kezia@bomlafriends.org.