Alumni Spotlight: Lighting a Path for Education

As a member of BOMLA’s inaugural graduating class, Jack Erspamer is no stranger to breaking educational barriers. After his graduation from Tarleton State University with a degree in Physics, Erspamer left his home state of Texas to start a PhD program in Photonics and Optics at the University of Central Florida this fall. Optics is […]

In a League of Their Own: Students Prepare for Back to School

To prepare incoming sixth graders and new students for the school year, BOMLA hosted the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LXG) summer camp, generously funded by H-E-B, where students were introduced to BOMLA’s culture, expectations and educational possibilities. For some students, this was the preparation and encouragement they needed to feel ready and excited about attending […]

FRIENDS Spotlight: Leading By Example

Founding Principal Nakia Douglas was recently selected for the Dallas Regional Chamber’s 2020 Leadership Dallas class, a 10-month educational program that further develops community leaders through lectures, visits and other leadership development activities. The participants are selected based on their commitment to the community and their high leadership potential. One of the program’s pillars is […]

The Gift of Giving: North Texas Giving Day is September 19

Every year, friends, parents, and community members come together to support BOMLA on North Texas Giving Day, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Every donation we receive, either on NTGD or beyond, develops and funds education and enrichment opportunities for our students and faculty members. In short, BOMLA couldn’t operate without your support. These donations […]

Save the Date: North Texas Giving Day is September 19

As a parent, friend, supporter, advocate (or all of the above), we hope you will consider making a gift to the FRIENDS of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy this North Texas Giving Day. Visit for more information about the community-wide day or to learn more about the Obama Academy, visit

Inside the Mind: Teachers and parents receive psychological training

When parents and teachers are committed to truly understanding their children and students, effective communication, education and success become even more attainable. On July 30-31, thanks to generous FRIENDS donations, BOMLA will welcome child psychologist and author Dr. Leonard Sax for a special presentation on the young male brain to equip parents and teachers with […]

Beyond the Classroom: Student Summer Enrichment

While education in the classroom is critical, experiencing different cultures, histories or opportunities firsthand creates an invaluable learning experience for students. This year, we have overflowing appreciation for the FRIENDS who contributed $35,000 to make those real-world experiences a reality for students, granting the opportunity to develop further during their summer break. Rising senior Fernando […]

Educating the Educators: Faculty Enrichment

At BOMLA, education extends beyond the classroom, and sometimes even beyond the student. Each year, FRIENDS donations make it possible for our teachers to have the opportunity to attend professional development seminars across the country, finding new ways to strengthen community and cultivate new learning experiences. If you are not a boy aged 12-18, it […]

Alumni Spotlight: Turning an internship into a career

2015 BOMLA graduate Mahteme Adamu recently graduated from Texas State University with a degree in electrical engineering. During his time at BOMLA, Matt served as a Mayor’s intern with Jacobs Engineering Group, an engineering, construction and technical services agency. He continued his internship with the company as a college student and now boasts a full-time […]

FRIENDS Spotlight: Creating Purpose From Passion

BOMLA’s Executive Director Kezia Stegemoeller was recently featured in the latest publication from the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) and The Real Estate Council (TREC) Dallas for her work at Obama Academy. The article highlights Kezia’s passion for the school, her take on Dallas philanthropy and her involvement in the DRC as well as the Junior […]