EMBODI(Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) was initiated because both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African-American males continue to be in crisis and are not reaching their fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue and recommendations for change and action. EMBODI addresses issues related to STEM education, culture, self-efficacy, leadership, physical and mental health, healthy lifestyle choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement and service learning. Our local partnership is with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Bridgeport High School.