For over 15 years, iDareU has developed and trained the most exceptional young men to accomplish their dreams of getting full scholarships to go to college. The program has mentored over 400 scholar athletes seeking a higher education at the collegiate level and further encourages younger participants to stay in school and obtain a high school diploma. While we have had a 99.3% success rate of graduating our young men from high school, 33% of Georgia high school students didn’t graduate with the statistics declining even further for African American and Hispanic students at 40% and 42%, respectively, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (2013).
iDareU trains scholar athletes to be successful using the vehicle of sports and teaches them fundamentals that are needed to flourish in school and becoming a thriving young adult. Since our inception in 2006, we have provided young men with position-specific training, academic counseling, character-building principles, and male-to-male mentoring.
iDareU parents seek assistance from our program because they are searching for a solution for their young men. They know that their sons have extraordinary talent but they also recognize that the challenges teens face growing up in today’s environment. It is no secret that there are countless stories of young men with outstanding talents who never make it out of high school due to peer pressure, and gang violence.
iDareU provides a disciplined and safe haven to not only harness these talents but also assist them with becoming academically and mentally focused and prepared for college and the recruitment process.
iDareU provides our scholar athletes with exposure opportunities by facilitating college tours and camps. We show our young men that they have the ability to get a college education and help them to develop a plan to attend that university. As a result, we currently have young men at Brown, Penn, Duke, and Wake Forest, to name a few. At iDareU, there are no boundaries or dreams too BIG – if our young men want it, they can and will achieve it and we help get them there.