In 1999, David Miller received the prestigious Open Society Foundation’s Community Fellowship Award to research and design a curriculum to engage young, Black males. The fellowship, founded by George Soros (affluent philanthropist), was created to promote social entrepreneurship and community change. The Dare to Be King curriculum was published in 2003 as an innovative project focusing on teaching and training in the area of Black, urban life and survival skills.
In 2014, the curriculum was revised to enhance efforts working with boys of color around life/survival skill development.
As a result of the fellowship, Mr. Miller co-founded the Urban Leadership Institute (ULI), a consulting firm specializing in youth development. ULI leveraged the success of the Dare to Be King curriculum in 2003 to build a nationally recognized firm respected among community-based organizations, schools, and faith-based organizations.
For 11 years, ULI developed an impressive list of partners (grassroots, philanthropic, state, and federal) focused on working with urban youth.
In 2014, Miller and his team created Dare to Be King Project, LLC to create greater energy and support to advance organizations and practices focused on impacting boys of color.
The Dare to Be King Project, LLC provides an array of services and products (books, curricular material, and workshops) intentionally targeted toward boys of color.
*Our latest edition of the Dare to Be King curriculum was launched on February 10, 2014. It offers 52 weeks of life and survival skills for young males.