Building Young Hearts to Change Mankind
HEART OF MAN IS A SOCIAL VENTURE THAT EMPOWERS YOUNG PEOPLE TO THINK LIKE CREATORS, NOT STUDENTS.
We're on a mission to prepare the next generation of creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
Our mission is to prepare the next generation of creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We offer digital, design, business, and STEAM skills to middle and high school students so they can not only compete in the 21st-century, but also set a new standard for excellence.
More than 650 young people in nine U.S. cities and the Bahamas have taken part in HōM workshops and hands-on after-school programs, gaining real-world experience, access to industry experts, and a leg up on the competition in the classroom and the marketplace.
We offer schools and communities:
We provide students with:
Student participants may be chosen to represent the HōM brand as designers,
musicians, and creatives—giving them an unparalleled opportunity to build their portfolio and retail products.
Support a young creator with every purchase! Ten percent of the profit from student-designed products is invested in a scholarship fund and the rest is used to provide free HōM programming in underserved communities.
The makers of our generation.
Hidden Treasures is a HōM student design team from Maya Angelou High School in Washington, D.C. The team consist of three 11th graders, Imani, Jada, and Mikey. Through HōM’s education program they successfully created, distributed, and retailed the One Heart United Bracelet at Redeem, D.C.’s top independent boutique.
Hidden Treasures' Dreams
“When I grow up, I want to be in the WNBA or a military officer, in the Air Force specifically, so that I can learn to be a leader.”
“I love numbers. I want to be an entrepreneur when I get older. I want to own businesses across the music and fashion industries. I want to be a billionaire, so that I can help out the squirrels of society—you know, the everyday people trying to make a way in society.”
“After I graduate high school, I want to go to NY for fashion school. I want to be a designer or a stylist as a profession.”
Founder + CEO
Quote: “Nothing will ever stop me from creating the best opportunities for the students that need it the most.”
Inspiration: The name HōM was inherited from my name, which means “giving heart and love for mankind.” I started designing and selling clothing when I was 12. When I started HōM as a fashion brand, I shared my profits with struggling after school programs in Chicago, yet I couldn’t track the impact it had on the students, so I wanted to create something more impactful and sustainable.
Experience: 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30, Named 2015 Ashoka + AMEX Emerging Innovator, 2015 Camelback Ventures Fellow, ConnectED Fellow at the US Department of Education, Education Pioneers Fellow, StartingBloc Fellow, ProInspire Fellow, JP Morgan, McMaster-Carr Supply Co., Morehouse College, London School of Economics + Peking University (Beijing, China), Tedx Speaker.
Quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." —Nelson Mandela
Inspiration: I am dedicated to improving the education space through product innovation.
Experience: Accenture, Good360, The Advisory Board Company, healthcare management, consulting, technology product management, ProInspire Fellow, Certificate of International Management from NEGOCIA, Bachelors in Economics and International Public Policy from Rice University.
Chief Operations Officer
Quote: "For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate." —Margaret Heffernan
Inspiration: I am passionate about pedagogy and whole-child development. I was labeled as a “cannot make it” student in my teenage school years. This prejudice fueled me to pursue my passion to transform education for children.
Experience: Alpha Chi and Delta Mu Delta National Scholastic Society, upon graduation having achieved Magna Cum Laude honors. Chinese Teaching, a bachelor degree in Management information system, and Masters in Business Administration degree from the National University of Singapore and Peking University.
Marketing + Communication Lead
Quote: “Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box."
Inspiration: Growing up in my village in Bikita, Zimbabwe we didn’t have much which inspired creativity and innovation. My cousins and I made shoes from old tires, soccer balls with plastic bags, and slingshots out of sticks. These life experiences are my inspiration. I believe that youth are the most creative and powerful people on the planet; my dream is to empower youth, so that they can bring their ideas to life and share them with the world.
Experience: Integrated Com Solutions Inc., The Vanguard Group, The Morgan Academic Support Center, Essential Beverages, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania State University (we are!), Speciss College, The Kijana Project, International AIDS Society, StartingBloc Fellow, MLT MBA Prep, National Association of Black Accountants, Golden Key International Honour Society.
Quote: “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” —William Pollard
Inspiration: I am a product architect and designer on a mission to bring innovative concepts to life all while fighting to complete high school.
Experience: Founder of Speakapedia Inc., an online platform that helps kids learn about historical events and figures though artificial tutors; Speakapedia was recognized by the U.S. Congress as one of the most innovative educational models.
Interested in participating in or supporting Heart of Man? If so, we'd like to speak with you!