Welcome to the Project MALES IMPACT course page where you can learn more about the work we are doing with our undergraduate mentors at UT Austin.
Instructing Males through Peer Advising College Tracks was launched in the Fall of 2014 as a course designed to enhance college student engagement and academic achievement by offering active and experiential learning opportunities through near peer advising and service learning. Service-learning courses involve reflection as well as action and combines community work with classroom instruction and course requirements (Schutz & Gere, 1998), and to that end IMPACT engages and connects undergraduate students who attend the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) to Latino and African American male youth at the middle school and high school levels in the Central Texas community through near peer advising and mentoring (Schmidt & Moust, 1995).
IMPACT provides students with first-hand experiences working within local schools in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) to advise and mentor young middle school and high school males about college pathways (e.g., tracks), and the importance of learning the necessary soft-skills that will make them successful students whether they are transitioning from middle school to high school, or high school to a higher education institution. Students also engage in leadership training with emerging and established community leaders. Overall, this service-learning course focuses on leadership development, mentoring theories, research presentations and discussions about males of color in education.
Key Literature from Reading List:
Hall, H. R. (2006). Embracing Young Males of Color in the School Domain in “Mentoring Young Men of Color: Meeting the Needs of African American and Latino Students.” Rowman & Littlefield Education. 15200 NBN Way, PO Box 191, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214-0191. For pdf click here
Hall, H. R. (2006). Creating a Space For Boys in “Mentoring Young Men of Color: Meeting the Needs of African American and Latino Students.” Rowman & Littlefield Education. 15200 NBN Way, PO Box 191, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214-0191. For pdf click here
Sáenz, V.B., Ponjuan, L., Segovia Jr., J., Del Real Viramontes, J. (2015). Developing a Latino mentoring program: Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success). In C. Turner (Ed.), New Directions for Higher Education, Mentoring as Transformative Practice: Supporting Student and Faculty Diversity. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco. For pdf click here
Saenz, V. B., & Ponjuan, L. (2008). The vanishing Latino male in higher education. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. For pdf click here
“The Value of Mentoring,” Mentoring.org (http://www.mentoring.org (Links to an external site.)), published by the National Mentoring Partnership, covers issues on youth mentoring. For pdf click here
Wiley, T., and Schineller, K. (—-) About Youth Today in “The Wisdom of Age: A Handbook for Mentors” adapted from www.mentoring.org. For pdf click here