Gentlemen on the Move was first developed in North Carolina by Dr. Deryl Bailey, currently an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at the University of Georgia. Initially this program targeted African American adolescents males in grades 9 through 12 grade. The program has since expanded (Empowered Youth Programs) to include male and female students in grades K-12. The program focuses on providing developmental and comprehensive support for students along with individual and group counseling. In addition to the Saturday Academy, intensive weekend-long (overnight) Exam Lock-Ins for high school participants, are held prior to final semester exams, twice a year.
The aim of EYP is to develop and nurture academic and social excellence in children and adolescents. We believe that every student should have post-secondary education as an option.