CHICAGO SCHOLARS WANTS TO INCREASE COLLEGE ACCESS WITH YOUNG MEN OF COLOR INITIATIVE
ACCESS WITH YOUNG MEN OF COLOR INITIATIVE
Chicago Scholars was founded in 1996, with the goal to provide
college access to students. Jeffrey Beckham, Jr., CEO of Chicago Scholars, wanted to figure out how to serve more young men of color in the City of Chicago through the organization. Derrick Fleming, Managing Director of Strategic Engagement at Chicago Scholars, was tasked with developing a strategy of serving more men of color. Fleming took his experience of 10 years and strategies around implementing violence prevention, increasing Post-Secondary pathways, using what he calls a nonprofit abundance mindset.
young men of color, we have to think differently around how to
engage and support them and provide opportunities for them,”
out how to work more collaboratively to maximize dollars and
resources and work better within nonprofits to cause social change.
has started intervention at the sophomore year. Before this initiative, Chicago Scholars worked with students in their senior year to get them to college, to graduation and to a career after graduation.
Initiative, because 1 in 8 Black young men and 1 and 5 Latino
young men enrolled in Chicago Public High Schools will not complete a college credential within 10 years. T here are high disengagement rates among Black and Brown young men. Fleming wants to see interventions take place earlier in their high school academic career.
men of color and Chicago Scholars knows that young men of color in our program graduate within six years, with a four-year degree at a 78% rate,” Fleming said, adding that partnering with these organizations is an opportunity to create better pathways from those young men to get from one organization to the next, to support them so they can be successful once they graduate from high school.
men of color in the Chicago Scholars by 6% in the last four yeras, he knows there are more students who want to attend college.
Men of Color Initiative, visit https://chicagoscholars.org.
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