Boys 2 Books
Boys 2 Books, founded by Dr. Eddie Connor, is designed to expand opportunities for success and advance the achievement of boys and young males via literacy, leadership, and life skills. The literacy/mentorship program equips and empowers youth via self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-respect that fosters personal development and community involvement.
Boys 2 Books is a nationally recognized after-school mentoring program, which entails improving reading levels, developing reading skills, empowering boys and young males via culturally relevant rich literature. Books are used as a bridge, to increase reading proficiency and character development.
The BET documentary, It Takes A Village To Raise Detroit, featured the work of Boys 2 Books, which is transforming lives via literacy and mentorship. The Boys 2 Books mentoring program has been developed at Cody High School, University High School, Redford Union High School, Westside Christian Academy, and Woodward Academy in partnership with the UAW-Ford National Programs Center.
Boys 2 Books has received national endorsements by the U.S. Congress, National Black Law Student Association, and BMe Community. Boys 2 Books has also partnered with Wayne State University and their (SAAB) Student African American Brotherhood college program.
While working alongside Rep. Hansen Clarke, the efforts of Dr. Eddie Connor and Boys 2 Books, assisted in passing a Resolution in the U.S. Congress (H.Res. 721), to express that bolstering literacy amongst African-American and Hispanic males is an urgent national priority. The H.Res. 721 Resolution became the impetus, for President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative.