Friends Adds Two Board Members

Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy welcome Scott Cooke and Gregg Smallwood to its board of directors. Cooke serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Toyota Financial Services and his involvement is an exciting continuation of a longstanding partnership with the company. His personal story of humble beginnings and broad range of experience from […]

Unprecedented Start to School Year

The school year began in September with students attending classes virtually. The campus opened to in person instruction on October 5 using a hybrid model, which means that middle school students attend class daily and upper schoolers attend class in person on alternating days. Principal Rashad Jackson said the transition has been mostly smooth, which […]

Leadership Change

Friends Executive Director has accepted a new position at The Dallas Foundation as the Senior Director of Donor Engagement. In her new role, Kezia will serve as the foundation’s liaison to new Supporting Organizations and manage the donor services team. “We wish her our very best and thank her sincerely for the outstanding way she […]

BOMLA Welcomes New Principal

Friends of BOMLA is excited to welcome Mr. Rashad Jackson as the new principal of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at A Maceo Smith. According to Dallas ISD’s Tiffany Huitt, “Mr. Jackson is a product of Dallas ISD. After attending St. Mark’s School of Texas from 1st- 7th Grade, Mr. Jackson attended W.E. Greiner, […]

The Big Send-Off: Luggage, Linens, Laptop

Investments in our College Readiness Program from Toyota and the JCPenney Communities Foundation made college visits and SAT/ACT Test Prep possible throughout the school year. For their final visit to campus, we were proud to send off the Class of 2020 with a few items they might need in their next chapter, including: An oversized […]

A Formula for Success: BOMLA Senior Class is Highest-Earning in College Scholarship Funds

Traditionally, college-bound advisors help hundreds of students a year identify potential options for pursuing higher education, sometimes with little to no personalization or guidance beyond an application. BOMLA’s College Bound Advisor Misty Williams is so much more than traditional.   “I like to consider myself their one-stop college shop,” Williams said. “In addition to identifying […]

Alumni Spotlight: Taking the Stage as a Catalyst for Change

Earlier this year, TEDx Pleasant Grove hosted speakers from Dallas and beyond on the theme “Open.” Among them were established professionals and changemakers such as Caryoln Coker Ross, an eating disorder and addiction expert, Poonam Patel, founder of Urban Loop Studio, and Thomas Palmer, BOMLA alumnus and aspiring lawyer and senator. Modeled after the popular […]

Education in the Age of COVID-19: How BOMLA Teachers Kept the Connection

BOMLA math and student leadership teacher Tracey Etheredge-Alford last saw her students face-to-face before spring break. When school resumed, because of the impacts from COVID-19, her freshmen through senior-level classes existed solely online. But Etheredge-Alford wasn’t going to let a screen stand in the way of great education. “I knew I wanted to still be […]