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one mentor can be all the difference in a boy’s life.

Garrett Richardson, more affectionately known as Mr. G, is the founder of BTG. Mr. G is an education consultant whose has made a lifelong commitment to making demonstrative improvements to the life outcomes of Black boys and boys of color.

MY Mission

Leverage the power of peer influence and mentoring to improve outcomes for boys of color

What would schools look like if we designed solutions with the people most proximal to its greatest problems?

My name is Garrett Richardson, better known as Mr. G to the adults and youth I serve, and my life's work is committed to answering this very question.  I've spent over a decade in schools serving low income communities, from dual language kindergarten classrooms in my hometown of New Brunswick, to the hallways of New York City high schools.  During my time in K-12 education, as a paraprofessional, a teacher, a mentor and a Director of Community Schools, I've always held this deep rooted belief that sustainable solutions to a school's most pressing problems must involve and engage students and parents.  In order for that to happen, we must get proximal and allow peer influence, with mentoring supports, to transform a school community from the inside out. 


MY VALUE DRIVEN WORK

The Power Of Proximity - A Design WITH Attitude

Our design process transforms students and parents from customers into producers, well informed thought partners whose unique experiences relevant to the problems of chronic absenteeism, poor graduation rates and a lack of social emotional supports provide an invaluable perspective on what works best for their particular environments.  We Design WITH (Not For) our stakeholders, especially students and parents, in order to ensure sustainability and shared ownership between our school partners and our agency.  


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If you are willing to get closer to people who are suffering, you will find the power to change the world
— Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative