Ondrai Staley was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He was educated in the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) system. Ondrai graduated from Henry Ford School in 1991 and went on to graduate from Wayne State University in 2001. There he received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. In 2005, he received his Master’s in the Art of Teaching at Marygrove College.
For the last 18 years, Ondrai has been a Language Arts/Social Studies teacher within the same school system that he once attended. Driven by his passion to see young men succeed, Ondrai created an all-male mentoring group within his second year of teaching along with two other male educators. The group consisted of students from Mumford High School and was named Young Men in Transition. Young Men in Transition was the ultimate active mentoring group. The group held weekly meetings, volunteered at the Salvation Army on a bi weekly basis, took quarterly educational field trips, and held a three-day life skills camping trip every December. Young Men in Transition shining hour was taking 18 students down to New Orleans a year after Hurricane Katrina to assist with cleanup efforts. Ondrai was one of three male mentors that went to the weeklong volunteer excursion in New Orleans.
Ondrai will occupy a seat on the board of directors bringing his expertise in education and passion for young black male achievement.