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The Grooming Alchemist was started to create a community where young minority men could seek inspiration.

The Problem


African-Americans made up about 35 percent of all children raised in the bottom 1 percent of the income distribution


African-Americans made up less than 1 percent of the children at the very top


80 percent of all special education students being Black or Hispanic males


Black boys receive two-thirds of all school suspensions nationwide - all demographics and both genders considered.

Who Featured Us

Meet the Founder- Charlie McCoy Oyekwe

The Grooming Alchemist provides mentor-ship and support for at-risk youth in New York, starting with District 9 in the South Bronx. Led by Charlie, the foundation exists to uplift and enrich the lives of at-risk kids with mental and emotional support and provide life-building opportunities. “We provide a holistic approach to solving the lack of focus on the root causes of being an at-risk youth,” says Charlie. The foundation helps young men deal with the complex and stressful life experiences with the justice system, foster care, and others like homelessness. Charlie also executive produces The Grooming Alchemist You Tube channel, and has documented his Alchemist inspired hero's journey in the book Alchemist Apostate Jehovah's Witness Elder.

Our Solution

South Bronx's District 9 is the most economically underserved borough in New York City. Our work currently takes place ONLY in The New Venture School I.S 219.

The potential scope of our work in District 9 includes 25 public middle schools serving 11,605 students in New York City's Geographic District # 9 School District. This district's average intermediate testing ranking is 2/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public middle schools in New York.

The Grooming Alchemists empowers young minority males to

Our Impact

The Grooming Alchemist’s vision for under served youth is comprised of the four pillars below:

Promote diversity through cultural expression, dialogue, and understanding.

Promote and display works that express the African American Experience.

Increase at-risk youth’s exposure to career, life, and entertainment opportunities.

Create a platform for at-risk youth to utilize that will support the promotion of self-actualization, self-esteem, personal development, and the generation of positive life outcomes.

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