Project MALES is grateful to have wonderful partners that support our mission and goals. Their continuous support has helped us expand the success of our program and touch the lives of many students.
Austin ISD The Project MALES Student Mentoring Program was piloted at William B. Travis Early College High School (ECHS) during the 2011-2012 academic year through Communities In Schools (CIS), we are now at Webb Middle School, Martin Middle School, Mendez Middle School, and Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy. We are also at the following high schools; Travis ECHS, Lanier High School, and Reagan ECHS in Austin ISD. This semester we have also added Lyndon B. Johnson ECHS as one of our new mentoring sites.
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has given Project MALES funding and in-kind support since its inception. Their support has been crucial in the development of Project MALES. Dr. Sáenz is also a DDCE Faculty Fellow.
The Greater Texas Foundation has generously provided grant funding to Project MALES that has been essential in the successful execution of our goals.
TG awarded Project MALES grant funding to continue the development of the mentorship program as well as the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board initially awarded Project MALES funding for the 2012-2013 year to support the development of the mentorship program. Their generosity was extended into the 2013-2014 FY in the form of additional grant funding.
The Kresge Foundation has generously provided grant funding that will support the Consortium’s strategic planning process and will enable us to develop a sustainable model for our future work and continue to build capacity among our partner institutions to better serve boys and young men of color.
Other Useful Links
As the attrition rate of males in higher education persists, institutions are taking notice and have launched diverse efforts to address this crisis. Below are a few examples of such initiatives.
University & College Based Initiatives
Black Male Education Research Collection: the University of Texas at Austin, contains over 500 articles catalogued in over a dozen topic categories with tags added for further browsability by authors, acronyms and other common keywords.
Young Latino Males: An American Dilemma: Arizona State University, contains testimonials, stories and research about young Latino males at ASU. They also held a symposium highlighting the male education crisis.
Boys and Young Men of Color: University of California, Warren Institute, Berkeley Law, they provide research and policy symposium focused on the well-being of boys and young men of color.
Fathers Active in Communities and Education, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, equips parents with information about the importance of their support in their student’s academic career. Additionally, they provide training and awareness for students to pursue postsecondary education and seek community awareness and support for these students.
Men of Distinction, Austin Community College, is a program designed to support African American males attending ACC.
Community Based & Foundation Initiatives
Encuentros Leadership: San Diego County, their mission is to encourage and support boys of Latino descent to achieve optimal performance in education. They seek to address the alarming high school drop out rate of Latino males, as well as critical educational, social and economic issues impacting the quality of education and life opportunities for Latino boys within their community.
Mentoring, Encouraging and Nurturing (MEN), Pflugerville ISD, the program works with schools to enhance the learning environment and support of schools through an active presence of MEN at each PISD campus and at campus and district activities. The program was founded in 2006 by mostly fathers and grandfathers of PISD students.
50 State Black Boys Report, The Schott Foundation, the website is an interactive portal that provides access to important, alarming data on devastating reality of education for Black & Latino males across all 50 states- and highlights systemic solutions.
Minority Male Student Success Programs, American Association of Community Colleges, provides a searchable database of best practices programs and services that seek to support men of color in education at community colleges.
Boys to Men: Mentoring Today’s Youth, National Program, is an after school mentoring program that utilizes a community based mentoring model to help teenage boys become men. Mentors admit the mistakes they have made at the middle school and high school level in order to connect with the mentees and to prevent them from repeating mistakes.
The Boys Project, is an innovative “boys only” program that addresses the needs and interests of elementary, middle, and high school boys.
The Boys Initiative, National Program, serves as a forum for information exchange and dialogue. They help identify the most pressing issues, organize those who can contribute to change, and they facilitate collaborative solutions. Their current focus is health.
National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute, National Program, the Institute provides training, technical assistance, research, leadership development, resource and material development and serves as a leader in the field for those wanting to assist fathers of all ages develop strong, active roles in the lives of their children, family and community.
Society for African-American Brotherhood (SAAB), National Program, SAAB operates through student chapters across the nation where young men of color enjoy the privilege of social, cultural and spiritual enrichment. SAAB increases the number of African American and Latino men who graduate from college by creating a positive peer community based on a spirit of caring.