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. 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.

Brendon Ford, 2014 Cadet Of the Year Frederick russell, Community Server Of The Year
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

Our President, Larry E. Thomas and Chairman, Larry E. Campbell attended the 2015 National Mentoring Summit. The Summit took place January 28-30, 2015 at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown, in the heart of our nation’s capital. This event is the only national forum that brings together practitioners, researchers, corporate partners, government and civic leaders, national youth-serving organizations and the network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships to explore and advance mentoring’s positive impact on individuals and communities.

Members of our staff have attended this Summit since it's inception in 2011. We were extremely excited to have our President and Chairman arrive a day early to participate in the discussion of the Short Course on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring. Their input, ideas and suggestions will be vital in the development of the 4th Edition of the Elements of Effective Mentoring. The Elements are Mentor's signature contribution to the mentoring field serving as guide to assist programs large and small to start and operate effectively quality mentoring programs.

"We are transforming lives of young men"