The State of Black Male Education (SBME) began as an undergraduate research project, and has since developed into BMI’s high school outreach program. Initially, SBME documented the educational outcomes of students in Los Angeles County over a 15-year period. A team of undergraduate researchers examined enrollment, retention and graduation data from the California Department of Education creating a ‘pipeline’ that demonstrated where Black males faced significant challenges in L.A. County’s K-12 public education system. Beginning in the fall of 2014, SBME transitioned into a mentor model, launching the “Leaders of Tomorrow” Program. This mentoring program, allows UCLA students to go into local area high schools to identify and work with Black males students as they prepare for college.
More than 50 high school students at Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles, and Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet (WESM) have been mentored by undergraduate students during their college application process.
SBME Research Participants:
Tr’Vel Lyons, William Bryant, Lamar Greenwood, Stephen Azubuike, EZ Money Harper, Andre Sterling, Tyler Vernon, Terre’ Block, Mark Anderson, Michael Marcial, Malik Martin, Candiss Hart, Laijon White, Taylor Alford, Andrea Echols, Tyler Brown, Leon Powell Jr., Andre’ Chapman Jr., Austin Hazel, Armand Jordan, Cameron Crutison, Joanna Navarro, Giselle Leighton-Armah, Tobi Jekayinfa