Jeremy Jaico - Class of 2013
"I met with the director of the College & Career Preparatory Institute, Charles Thompson. Together, we came up with a plan to recover my GPA, graduate on time, and go to college. The college prep program offered free SAT prep, college tours, peer mentors, free tutoring for certain courses, and more."
Manny Hernandez - Artistic Director
The most rewarding part of it all is helping develop and nourish hidden talents. Even more rewarding, when you see all the hard work pay off and come to life. Inspiring our students for their future on and off stage is something I always look forward to every year. In hopes they carry on what they learned and apply it to their daily lives."
Kelly Dowling - SBI Mentor & Teacher
"Working with UB this year has only reinforced my understanding of how fundamentally imperative it is for men of color, particularly young men of color to be united. I am....we are....United Brothers!"
Shemar Walcott - 2014
"United Brothers was something that I did throughout my four years of highschool and it was an experience that taught me so much more than just how to step. Those qualities from my experiences on the team and through things I've experienced in my everyday life that made me a better person and prepared myself for the real world are things that I want the guys to have instilled in their minds and hearts from now. This team is much more than just stepping, it's a brotherhood. "
Anthony Rodriguez - Class of 2010
"Before SBI, my GPA was subpar and I did just enough to stay out of trouble. Back then, I didn’t see the value in school because I wasn’t sure higher education was even a possibility for me."