Ashanti Branch

TEACHER

Ashanti Branch, born and raised by a single mother on welfare in Oakland, California, took the road less traveled to get out of the ghetto and attend California Polytechnic – San Luis Obispo, one of California’s premier engineering colleges, to study Civil Engineering. A construction project engineer in his first career, Branch changed careers after tutoring struggling students and realizing his true passion was teaching. Suddenly, he says, he found the “fire” that was missing in his life. And he hoped to ignite a similar enthusiasm in his young students.

In 2004 as a first year teacher, Branch started The Ever Forward Club to provide a support group for African American and Latino males, who were not achieving to the level of their potential. Since then The Ever Forward Club has grown to serve both young men and young women and become a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Ever Forward Club has helped over 45 members to graduated high school and 100% of them have gone on to attend college. The vision of The Ever Forward Club is to support over 1000 middle and high school students by the year 2015. Their progress can be seen at www.everforwardclub.org

With over 10 years educating inner city youth, Ashanti has been was awarded with a Fulbright Exchange Fellowship to India, a Rotary Cultural Ambassadorial Fellowship to Mexico and a 2010 Teacher of the Year Award from the Alameda-Contra Costa County Math Educators.

As an Independent Associate for Pre Paid Legal Services, Ashanti is building a team of individuals who believe in the power of building networks, leveraging the 24 hours they have each day and creating residual income for themselves and building a legacy for their families.