It only takes a moment to change a life.
For Dr. Simon Obas, that moment was when he interviewed at Harlem Children’s Zone over 11 years ago. Witnessing firsthand the proliferation of hope amid educational disparity, it was at the moment Dr. Obas committed his life to fostering opportunity for students of color.
Today, Dr. Obas lives his passion for social justice every day, serving as a high school principal, author, and philanthropist as founder of The Simon Obas Foundation. The Simon Obas Foundation will be launching in 2020 and awarding college scholarships to male students of color.
With a diverse educational background, including a BA in Political Science, a Masters in Social Work, and a Doctorate in Urban School Leadership, Dr. Obas has developed an immersive educational approach that blends practical experience with an understanding
of social advocacy and emotional well-being.
As a well-loved educator and activist, Dr. Obas’ leadership and message of resilience &
racial equity has resounded throughout major boroughs in New York and cities throughout Connecticut. As an author, he has earned a national platform, sharing his learned wisdom in the personal empowerment work of his first book, The Grind.
Central to Dr. Obas’ mission is a commitment to providing not only a sense of educational possibility, but also the imperative of sociopolitical empowerment for African-American men. Increasing awareness of the infinite potential of men of color to
lead within their families, communities, and greater society. Dr. Obas is a leader and
advocate for the empowerment of African-American men. Rising from humble beginnings as the son of Haitian immigrants, Dr. Obas is a first generation college graduate. As an undergraduate, Dr. Obas chose Johnson C. Smith
University, a Historically Black College, where he surrounded himself with African- American role models in his pursuit of excellence. Although it was not easy to afford the opportunity, he found that the college provided a safe haven for educational success – opening doors through which African American youth, like himself, could finally chase their dreams.
It’s this gift of resilience that Dr. Obas hopes to pay forward through his support of children of color, and Historically Black Colleges, as well as by serving as a role model to his community.
A father and an avid runner of marathons – with five full marathons already completed – Dr. Obas’ grind for success never stops. Pushing for continual growth in himself and others, Dr. Obas offers life-changing moments to students of color, and engagement opportunities, uniting everyone who seeks a brighter future.