Upon graduating from high school, Edmund noticed that there were not a lot of young black males in college — that didn’t play sports. He saw as a problem that needed to be addressed. While there were dialogue around this issue happening, there were not a lot of action. So, fall of 2005, he formed a partnership with his high school, Thomasville High and his college, North Carolina Central University, to provide a pipeline support program that guaranteed mentorship for students who were accepted to NCCU that may have needed additional support upon entering. Edmund at the time was the president of the College 100 Black Men of NCCU and seamlessly transitioned the young men from Thomasville into the program, thus beginning his mentoring model.
While in undergrad, Edmund would conduct research on this issue and look for new and meaningful data to support his reasoning. When he wasn’t studying, he worked with the Durham Parks & Recreation Department to allow the Collegiate 100 to sponsor a little league basketball team that we named the Legacy 100. Informally, the work of MMHE had already begun before the formality was even to fruition. Upon graduating from NCCU, Edmund decided to take his talents to the midwest where he received an advance masters degree that had taken just 12 months. During his graduate studies, Edmund worked with a private family foundation to assist with the community engagement efforts that supported individuals that receiving foundation support. At 22, his biggest problem was telling organizations no due to the foundation alignment with their organizations long term goals. While there, Edmund made headway in one of the most improvised neighborhoods in Detroit, that begin to see growth from organization development and support. Quickly after revising his degree, he was offered an opportunity to continue his work full-time for the Foundation and begin to leverage additional donors and stakeholders to this community and form partnerships that are still happening to this day. During his off time, Edmund would volunteer at Detroit Community High School, located in Brightmoor to support college advising and career conversations. What turned into simply volunteering, spun into full time passion. After working as an community support specialist for one of the foundation partners, Edmund knew it was time to put full effort into this work. He left the Alliance to work to build MMHE full time. Initially it wasn’t successful at all, and used his entire savings to build something that he doubted would work. After many breaks and seeing the light, a few organizations called to form partnerships and he used the money to formally create the 501c3 organization that he envisioned while at North Carolina Central University. What started out as a book club that offered free haircuts to students during PTA meetings to supports more than 150 young men in various states, schools and universities and community partnerships.
To date, MMHE has served over 5,000 students, 15 schools, several districts, and 5 states since 2012- through direct programming and independent consulting and workshops. His expertise is college and career engagement and access, social emotional learning and one-on-one mentoring.
In addition to his work with MMHE, Edmund holds certifications in Racial Equity Training and Policy & Program Evaluation and is oftentimes taught as a strategist for social entrepreneurs, non profit and philanthropic networks working to increase diversity, both on the funding side and in the workplace. Edmund is a member of the Black Male Engagement Community, and is a member of the Detroit City Council’s Task Force on Black Male Engagement.
Past awards and recognition include: Top 25 of Black Men Making Detroit better; Skillman Foundation. The 2013 BMe Community Leadership Award, Two time Spirit of Detroit Award recipient, the 2015 Torch of Wisdom Award winner for Scholarship, and his latest accomplishment- the recipient of the Presidential Award for Service.