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African American Boys Priority

Since 2009, the African-American Boys Priority has been impacting the community one student at a time. Our volunteer community mentors come alongside our boys to encourage, expose, and support our boys during their educational journey. Students are exposed to activities and events that focus on character, leadership, college and career readiness, STEM, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. If you are interested in building the future generation of men, consider becoming a mentor with the African-American Boys Priority, which serves students across the district.


James Rayford - Director for African American Boys' Priority

James Rayford
Director for Boys' Priority
(770) 277- 4485

James Rayford joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2002 as an assistant principal and later became a principal. Prior to coming to the school system, he worked at Georgia Tech’s CEISMC (Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing) as a program manager for a teacher internship program. He has seen the impact that the program is making in students’ lives. One mentor can change a student’s trajectory in school and in life.

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Mentor Spotlight: Ira Turner

Ira Turner


Ira Turner has been a volunteer mentor for nearly two years and is making an impact with his mentee, Michael, who attends Dacula HS. “Mr. Turner has been an inspiring model and leader for my son. He understands who he is, guides, and leads Michael in a way that makes sense to him. Mr. Turner has been a blessing to my son and to our family. Thank you for being a positive and influential leader to my son.” --Carmen Antonson, Parent


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