Lessons in open leadership
This is the story of how one teacher and an afterschool club built a creative community through open leadership—and transformed a city in the process.
Forging a community
When it opened, Franklin Middle School had a problem. There was no sense of community. But then Michael Bratsch (Mr. B) and his Futureboys & Girls Club had an idea to change all that.
Finding your voice
Making music is a collaborative process. For Mr. B, it’s also a way to empower young minds.
Failure is frustrating and often difficult to accept. But for the kids in the Futureboys & Girls Club, it can also teach invaluable lessons. This is what they learned as part of Red Hat’s CO.LAB experience.
Words by Casey Stegman
Visuals by Rachel Ertel, Liz Wetzel, & Aaron Williamson
Video by Beau Vorous
Photography by Jason Arthurs
Audio by Brent Simoneaux
Editing by Jimmy Ryals
Code by Ryan Altvater
Executive production by Kim Jokisch
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