Stephen Larbi is a self-motivator interested in the success of communities. This is evident in his prior role as Program Manager at City Year Rhode Island, an “education-focused nonprofit organization” which promotes leadership and service by partnering with schools. In managing this union, Stephen was responsible for the implementation and execution of City Year’s multi-faceted whole school, whole child service model at Gilbert Stuart Middle School. The model included comprehensive intervention for students in academics, attendance and behavior.

Additionally, he created and organized City Year’s MLK day of service event at Hope High School. Activities included, school restoration projects and a leadership academy for high school seniors. This event allowed for the high school seniors to become facilitators in varied aspects of the project; demonstrating Stephen philosophy of “dedicating [himself] to the empowerment of others.”

Stephen graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BA in Sociology. During his time on campus he was a large contributor to a newly formed organization Brothers On a New Direction (B.O.N.D.). Its mission is to build a support group for males on campus while giving back to the urban communities of Rhode Island. He served three years as its first community service/mentoring chair. Four years later, many of the programs he initiated, including an alumni chapter of B.O.N.D., are still in place. By his senior year Stephen became President of B.O.N.D.

He is honored to serve as a National Urban Fellow, and welcomes the opportunity of becoming an integral component of this lifelong fellowship which will allow for the continuation of professional development and the building of a network of like-minded leaders.