The Sims-Fayola Foundation was launched in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) to help change this narrative. We boldly accept the challenge to improve the lives of young men and boys of color by addressing the obstacles (educational and societal) that directly affect their life outcomes. We use original programming and awareness campaigns, partner with established community foundations and organizations, and individual schools and districts to address these stubbornly persistent issues for urban males. Our programs, services, mission, and values are driven by three pillars: 1. Building Awareness, 2. Building Equity by Design 3. Building Capacity. Our desired outcome is to provide direction, education, guidance, resources, direct support, and ultimately relief in these areas so the futures of these young men look like their dreams. The Sims-Fayola Foundation seeks to achieve their mission by launching a new fellowship designed to equip male teachers of color with equity-centered and gender-specific tools, resources, and support systems needed to increase their pedagogical knowledge and confidence.