“I chose Surge because they are making a concerted effort to help talented leaders of color get into position to really exert their strength. I hope to gain vital navigation skills to help execute my vision to serve and support marginalized people in reaching beyond their dreams.”

Charles Cole, III is an educator focused on the advancement of all youth of color, but more specifically black males. This passion comes from his own experiences growing up without proper support. His life’s goal is to better the communities he grew up in through his work. He has has served as a social worker, a Director for Teach for America, the Vice Chair of the California Young Democrats, Black Caucus and at a Director’s level with various youth-focused nonprofits. Charles is a national speaker, a writer and can be found in Oakland and around the country working with youth on how to equip themselves appropriately to lay the groundwork for a bright future. Charles is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence focusing on building student navigation skills and voice in education.

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