Nakia Douglas Transitions to Higher Education

BOMLA Founding Principal Nakia Douglas will serve as the Executive Director of the TRIO and Precollegiate Programs at the University of North Texas – Dallas. According to the school’s web site, the program encourages, “lower income and potential first-generation college students to complete secondary school, enroll in postsecondary education and publicize the availability of – as […]

North Texas Giving Day 2017 – SUCCESS!

Thanks to community support, we set a new North Texas Giving Day record for FRIENDS of BOMLA. We received more than 150 gifts totaling $17,089. With the $15,000 match pool, and the help of the community, we raised a total of $32,089 to support the school’s mission and programs. Parent involvement was integral to our […]

The Dallas Foundation Invests in BOMLA Teachers

Thanks to the generosity of the Lucile W. and George R. Pattullo Fund at The Dallas Foundation, FRIENDS secured a $15,522 grant for professional development for select faculty at “The” Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy. “We’re honored to be able to advocate on behalf of  the young leaders, as well as the exceptional faculty at […]

BOMLA Receives Blue Ribbon Award

  For the first time, the middle school at “The” Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy has received the national recognition as a Blue Ribbon Campus, an award given by the U.S. Department of Education. Nakia Douglas, Founding Principal said the honor was a long time coming.  “From the very beginning, this was the dream. Before […]

JC Penney Donates to Uniform Closet

We are very grateful for JC Penney’s donation of 350 pair of black dress socks and 30 belts for our young leaders. This phenomenal gift was spearheaded by the company’s African American Business Resource Team, MOSAIC. Our young men have enjoyed visiting the Plano Headquarters in the past, and we’re honored that our friends at JCP are leading the charge to make […]

FRIENDS Funds Study Abroad

For another summer, FRIENDS has offset the expensive cost of travel for a group of students interested in Global Studies. Obama Academy has enjoyed a years long partnership with the Center for International Education Exchange. The organization’s website explains, “CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in […]

NFL Offensive Lineman Invests in BOMLA

As a part of the Kelvin Konnects Initiative, New York Jets Offensive Lineman Kelvin Beachum made it possible for the Class of 2017 to attend a trip of a lifetime. The 3-day senior class trip to Universal Studios in Orlando and a behind the scenes look at EA Sports gave our young men unique access […]

BOMLA Graduates Third Senior Class

For the third year in a row, “The” Barack Obama Male Leadership will graduate 100% of students who have all been accepted to 4-year colleges and universities. The class has earned a cumulative $2.4 million in scholarship and financial reward offers. This year’s valedictorian is Brother Taylon Owens who has been at BOMLA since the […]

FRIENDS Secures $75,000 Gift for Classroom Technology

Thanks to the generosity of The Hillcrest Foundation, FRIENDS will receive a $75,000 grant to improve campus technology. The grant will cover hardware purchases like tablets, desktops and instructional materials for teachers, in addition to multimedia software to increase access, exposure and student academic performance. The Hillcrest Foundation was created by Mrs. W.W. Caruth, Sr. […]

Thanks to Cotton Bowl Foundation, Students Visit UNT

About 50 students attended the first of several college visits as the result of a grant from The Cotton Bowl Foundation. One group  received the rare opportunity to speak to University President Neal Smatresk while touring the school library. “[College visits] provide exposure, and exposure is the key” said BOMLA Middle School Counselor Misty Williams. […]