Underserved Youth

Nonprofit Starting Text-Message Counseling Service for College Students of Color

Nonprofit Starting Text-Message Counseling Service for College Students of Color

Stephen C. Rose, a graduate of Harvard University, committed suicide at the age of 29. Now his family and friends have established a nonprofit organization for programs to provide mental health services for college students of color. The latest effort is a new text-messaging counseling service, scheduled to debut this coming winter.

Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Smith College Student Launches Book Series for African Children

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, a native of Malawi, is a sophomore at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She won a contest that has provided her seed money to launch the Ekari series of books which she hopes will give African children a more positive view of themselves.

RISE (Research, Integration, Strategy and Evaluation) for Boys and Men of Color

RISE (Research, Integration, Strategy and Evaluation) for Boys and Men of Color

A new organization has been established aimed at increasing the life chances of boys and men of color in four key areas: education, health, criminal justice, and economic opportunity.

Minority Male Community College Collaborative to Expand Nationwide

Minority Male Community College Collaborative to Expand Nationwide

Since 2011, The Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) has partnered with over 45 community colleges in eight states. Now the organization plans to expand the effort to community colleges throughout the nation.

Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade Funds Literacy Program at Marquette University

Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade Funds Literacy Program at Marquette University

Dwayne Wade, who played his college basketball at Marquette, has pledged to donate $195,000 over three years through his Wade’s World Foundation to support a program to reduce the racial literacy gap among inner-city children.

Princeton University Aims to Make the Campus More Welcoming to Low-Income Students

Princeton University Aims to Make the Campus More Welcoming to Low-Income Students

A working group on undergraduate socioeconomic diversity has issued a broad set of recommendations designed to improve academic achievement and create a more inclusive and supportive campus climate for the benefit of all undergraduates.

Ole Miss to Open the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement

Ole Miss to Open the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement

When the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement opens on campus this fall, it will provide programs and services that encourage cross-cultural interactions while serving as a “safe space” that is welcoming and nurturing to all students.

Educating the African American Male for the 21st Century

Educating the African American Male for the 21st Century

It is crucial that all educational stakeholders and policy makers collaborate creatively, as well as, become educational allies to ensure that the African American male student is successful in completing his postsecondary education.

Clemson University and Usher's New Look Foundation Work to Reduce Dropout Rates

Clemson University and Usher’s New Look Foundation Work to Reduce Dropout Rates

The partnership will develop high school courses on popular culture that will prepare students for careers in the music industry and increase interest in education so they will complete high school.

New Center on Urban Education Research

New Center on Urban Education Research

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has established the Urban Education Research Center to conduct research and analysis aimed at improving the lives of urban residents throughout the U.S.

Texas Consortium Looks to Boost Educational Opportunities for Minority Men

Texas Consortium Looks to Boost Educational Opportunities for Minority Men

The University of Texas at Austin has launched the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, a new statewide network of public school districts, community colleges, and four-year public universities.

Only 9 Percent of Black Male High School Graduates in New York City Are College Ready

Only 9 Percent of Black Male High School Graduates in New York City Are College Ready

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Expanded Success Initiative is investing $250,000 over 30 months in 40 different New York City high schools in an effort to address the poor academic performance of Black and Latino males.

African American Children's Literacy Research Center Established at Georgia State University

African American Children’s Literacy Research Center Established at Georgia State University

At Georgia State, one of four such research hubs on learning disabilities nationwide, the center will focus on African American students in the first through fifth grades.

New Report Documents a Crisis in Black Male High School Graduation Rates

New Report Documents a Crisis in Black Male High School Graduation Rates

While Black males have made significant gains, a Schott Foundation study finds there is a persisting large racial gap in four-year high school graduation rates.

Schott Foundation Report Finds Vast Racial Inequities in New York City Public Schools

Schott Foundation Report Finds Vast Racial Inequities in New York City Public Schools

Black students are four times as likely as Asian or White students to be enrolled in the poorest performing schools.

An Educational Success Story of African American Male Students in Chicago

An Educational Success Story of African American Male Students in Chicago

For the third year in a row, all graduating seniors at Urban Prep Academies in Chicago have been accepted into four-year colleges.

Middlebury College Adds a Second Posse of Low-Income Students

Middlebury College Adds a Second Posse of Low-Income Students

Since 1998 Middlebury College in Vermont has been admitting and offering full-tuition scholarships to a posse of students from New York City high schools. The college is now adding a second posse from Chicago public schools.

Mentoring Program Aims to Increase the Number of Black Men Seeking Careers in Medicine

Mentoring Program Aims to Increase the Number of Black Men Seeking Careers in Medicine

Fifteen African American male students from sixth grade classes in Pittsburgh area schools are chosen for the program each year.

Vanderbilt University Program to Help Young Black Men Is Expanding to Pennsylvania

Vanderbilt University Program to Help Young Black Men Is Expanding to Pennsylvania

Vanderbilt faculty members Donna Ford and Gilman Whiting will assist in the program’s implementation.

The Granddaddy of Summer Science Camps

The Granddaddy of Summer Science Camps

This summer more than 1,500 middle school students will attend one of 25 sections of the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. The camps are open to students from underrepresented minority groups and preference is given to students from low-income families.