Our Mission

5A is committed to strengthening families by reversing the impact of trauma and promoting holistic wellness and economic opportunities for student-athletes. Our educational programs equip student-athletes with trauma-informed social change education and 21st Century leadership skills which serve as the foundation for success in empowering youth to drive sustainable change.

Our Vision

​Our urban communities are able to engage, equip, and empower youth to be the catalysts for change in themselves, their families, and in their communities - ultimately filling the world with diverse, educated, responsible 21st century global leaders who create the world in which they want to live, solving problems of violence, poverty, environmental disaster, and injustice.

Core Values

ACCOUNTABILITY

Effective leaders hold themselves and others to a reasonable standard of excellence and build trust through consistency and transparency.

BALANCE

Effective leaders understand the importance of living a balanced life, concerned with the holistic development of a person, an organization, and a community.

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP

Effective leaders are effective collaborators, seek input from knowledgeable others, seek to learn valuable lessons even from unlikely teachers, and don’t assume they know everything there is to know.

GROWTH MINDSET

Effective leaders regularly seek feedback and new information from trusted sources; they embrace data- driven improvement, creative innovation, periodic iteration, and aren’t afraid to fail with purpose.

EQUITY

Effective leaders understand the difference between equality and equity; they seek to embrace generational inclusion and to lift people up by empowering them in self- determined ways.

Our Approach

5A’s curriculum is designed to be transformational in that it cultivates motivated student-athletes to take ownership of the issues that face their communities and helps them develop the skills to affect change. We have received full organizational certification through Trauma-Informed Excellence (TIE). Our students apply social-emotional concepts, become conscious of their choices, and take responsibility for their actions – all skills that are desirable in work and in community leadership. We facilitate programs and initiatives in partnership with students in grades K-12 and we indirectly impact students in grades 3-5 via peer teaching facilitated by high school students. This means young people and often, their whole families, gain the ability to process and channel their experiences into productive positive change while learning skills to succeed as leaders in our communities and in business. Our programs enable them to grow and prosper both economically and personally.

Our Team

Nathaniel M. Brown

Chief Executive Officer

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Jessica N. Brown

Chief Operations Officer

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Jerel Webster

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Lamia Tabassum

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Elliott Lewis

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Tammana Islam

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Sajib 

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Zahara El Samya

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