Karnell Hatcher became the Lunchbox Talks Program Facilitator in May 2022 and is also a coach with the organization. He attended Louisiana State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a minor in Communication Studies and Leadership Development. His mission is to pass down knowledge to those who come after him so that one day they can surpass him and become an important pillar in our society.
The “Lunchbox Talks” Program supports the social and emotional well-being of African American/Black male students by creating a safe space with a trusted adult. These sessions are offered on school campuses during lunchtime to a select group of students who school faculty identify as needing or could benefit from an African American Black male mentor/coach. These sessions take place once a week during the school day for 30-minutes and provide the following benefits: 1) Hold space for African American/Black male students to be heard, feel that they belong, and feel safe with an adult; 2) Support students with the components of social and emo:onal wellbeing. These components include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These are cri:cal life skills that these students must have in order to be successful in life; finally, 3) provide culturally responsive mentorship. African American/Black male students need and desire to have consistent, trusting relationships with other African American/Black male adults. We believe “you can’t be, what you can’t see.”
The presence of the “Lunchbox Talks” coaches/mentors on campuses can decrease negative behavior such as bullying, increase positive attitudes and decision-making, and improve school attendance and grades. Focusing on social-emotional wellness also decreases the likelihood of criminal justice involvement later in life (McGraw Hill Social Emotional Learning Report, 2018).
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