Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit  organization.

Our mission is to train men of integrity to serve as mentors who then shape, nurture, and empower young males to become contributing members of society and future leaders in their communities.

To achieve our mission, we will guide males between the ages of 10 and 15 who are being raised by a single parent or their grandparent(s) into mentoring relationships that will focus on education, decision making, conflict resolution, respect for self and others, and service to the community. We will also partner with parents, schools, churches, law enforcement agencies and other community groups in efforts to preserve our boys from at-risk behaviors.  Put simply, the Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy serves young males by encouraging them to choose alternative methods to at-risk behaviors. 

Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy will provide but not limited to:

  1. Loving and Caring Environment
  2. Uniforms
  3. Field Trips
  4. Tutoring and Homework Weekends
  5. Community Service Projects
  6. Parent Conferences
  7. Meet with boys two Saturdays a month
  8. Home and School Visits
  9. Evaluations/Progression in program
  10. Team building skills
  11. Critical Thinking and Life Skills
  12. College, Career and Military Options
  13. Gang, Bullying and Substance Abuse Prevention Classes
  14. Personal Hygiene Classes
  15. Communication and Conflict Resolution

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I have two sons, ages 17 and 10 years old. Loving them is unconditional. Earlier this year I was having very similar problems with my 10 year old son. I was at a lost. I truly believe that God led me to Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy in Durham, NC. Since my son has been a part of TMLA I have noticed a tremendous change in his behavior. He says to me that the other boys in the program are his brothers. There is always room for another brother. 

I am beyond impressed with the work the Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy is doing with our boys aka cadets. I used the word, "our", intentionally because it truly "takes a village to raise our children". I am glad I was invited to be a part of a village that is unequivocally making a positive difference in the lives of Black boys in "our" community. SHINE on.....
Randy Rogers
Durham County Health Department

Great program and proud to be part of it. Keep up the good work.
Larry Campbell

These are a group of fortunate young men to have the opportunity to have been introduced to TMLA! I am so excited and grateful for the experiences my son has to look forward to with TMLA.

I hope all is well. I am soooooo proud of my son, and I think you will be too. 1st quarter progress reports came home today and I am happy to report 3 B’s and 2 A’s!!!!! In addition, his teacher wrote about the HUGE improvement she sees in him this year. Thank you (TMLA) so much for all that you all do in helping me keep my son on a path of success.

Keeper of the Dream AwardThe Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy 2015 MLK Keeper of the Dream Award Recipient

The Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy AND the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission appear on @UNCTV to discuss legacy of Dr. King .

UNV Tv Interview

The Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy is awarded a grant from The North Carolina Department of Administation.

LArry Thomas receiving award

The fourth annual National Mentoring Summit was held on January 30 and 31, 2014, in Arlington, VA, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. This year’s featured speakers included legendary baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and NBC Meet the Press moderator David GregoryAccess the full press release.

The National Mentoring Summit is convened by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and host committee members the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Harvard School of Public Health, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and United Way Worldwide. It is the signature event for the national mentoring movement that will bring together 700 participants including, practitioners, researchers, corporate partners, government and civic leaders, national youth-serving organizations and the network of Mentoring Partnerships in a forum to explore and advance mentoring’s positive impact on individuals and communities.

The 2014 National Mentoring Summit theme was Mentoring Works focusing on how evidence-based quality mentoring relationships help young people succeed at home, in school and at work. Workshops and plenary sessions demonstrated the many ways in which mentoring works to support positive youth outcomes by showcasing innovative program models, emerging research, and the nuances across diverse youth populations.

Mentors from the Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy attended the fourth annual National Mentoring Summit and along with hundreds of other mentoring organizations attended several very resourceful ninety-minute workshops.   Our mentors learned a lot and were encouraged to return to Durham and continue to play a major role in saving our youth from at-risk behaviors.