The University of Texas at Austin is invested in real boots-on-the-ground mentoring practices implemented through local, state, and national community partnerships and service. This includes programs for first-generation and low-income students in Texas school districts, as well as the promise to advise and support such students on a path to college. Furthermore, the university has a diverse range of research and policy partnerships working directly with young men of color, many which are listed below. Additionally, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has units that directly impact students of color at various stages of the educational pipeline, such as the University Interscholastic League, The University of Texas Elementary School, and The University of Texas Charter School System.
African American Youth Harvest Foundation
The African American Youth Harvest Foundation advocates, strengthens, and provides culturally relevant, family centered educational, health and human services, and economic development opportunities to African American youth, their families, and other at-risk populations that reside in the Greater Austin area. They serve low-income and high-need school-age youth between 6-18 and their families, residing in Northeast Austin and the rural areas of Northeast Travis County
Communities in Schools, Central Texas—XY Zone
The XY-Zone supports and guides adolescent males as they journey into manhood. It is a leadership development and peer support program that develops productive life skills in high school-age, at-risk males.
100 Black Men
100 Black Men strives to improve the quality of life within our communities, and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. They have 100 chapters across the country and their programs are based on a simple principle: through sustained mentoring programs young people realize their potential.
Advise TX places exceptional recent college graduates from all fields of study on high school campuses as near-peer college advisers to lead low-income and first-generation students to college.
The UT Outreach Centers provide a comprehensive college preparatory program for selected students in targeted high schools. Group and individual services are designed to enhance a student’s academic success in high school and to increase admissibility to their chosen college. Staff members assist students by providing them with monthly meetings on academic subject requirements, SAT/ACT test preparation, college and student financial aid application assistance, as well as other college-related information.
McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program at UT Austin is a federally funded program (one of the TRIO Programs funded by the Department of Education) mandated by Congress. The goal of the program is to increase the number of students in doctoral degree programs who are low-income and first-generation undergraduates or students who come from groups underrepresented in graduate education, particularly African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indians, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders.
Neighborhood Longhorns Program
The Neighborhood Longhorns Program is an educational incentive program operated in partnership with the Austin Independent School District in 33 Title 1 elementary and middle schools. The program serves economically disadvantaged youth in grades 2 through 8 who are at higher risks of experiencing academic difficulties, including low grade performance, low performance on tests, low school attendance and higher rates of dropping out of school.
Educational Equity Project
The project is an expansion of a two-year partnership between the DDCE and Texas Law’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law that focused on the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Major achievements in the first two years included institutionalizing UT law school’s Youth Court at Webb Middle School; developing expertise and resources to assist students in school disciplinary, misdemeanor ticketing and truancy hearings; and developing the Texas Law Pro Bono Program’s Expunction Project, a clinic model that engages volunteer law students and lawyers to help individuals expunge their criminal records, mitigating future harms stemming from low-level offenses.
Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha is committed to members of the Fraternity and the African-American community through Alpha University. Via Alpha University, the Fraternity has dedicated itself to fostering the spirit of Brotherhood, training a new generation of leaders, building the technological capacity of members, bringing consistency to the implementation of the Fraternity’s national programs, and ensuring that chapters have the necessary preparation to implement fraternal initiatives and day-to-day operations.
University Interscholastic League (UIL)
The University Interscholastic League was created by The University of Texas at Austin to provide leadership and guidance to public school debate and athletic teachers, in addition to educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. Since 1910 the UIL has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world. The UIL continues to operate as part of the University of Texas, under the auspices of the Vice President for Diversity & Community Engagement.
UT Charter Schools
The University of Texas Charter School System is a university public charter school district made up of two separate open-enrollment charter school districts. The first district is the University of Texas – University Charter School (UT-UCS). This district specializes in serving special needs students in unique settings such as psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment centers. The second school district is The University of Texas Elementary School (UTES). UTES is an open-enrollment charter serving 304 students in prekindergarten through the fifth grade.
Sigma Pi Phi
Sigma Pi Phi is the first African-American Greek-lettered organization founded in 1904. Members of Sigma Pi Phi provide leadership and service at the national, state and local levels, and address social issues such as urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues affecting people of African descent.