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Black Male College Explorers Program

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Program Overview

Mr. Darren Gardner, MA
Director; Black Male College Explorers Program
Site Coordinator; UF High-Risk Delinquent and Dependent Child Educational Research Project
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The Black Male College Explorers Program (BMCEP) is an intervention program designed specifically for black males who are potential high school dropouts. The goals of the program are to prevent these students from dropping out, facilitate their admission to college, and significantly increase their chance of earning a college degree. Middle and high school personnel are asked to identify "at-risk" black males, grades 7 – 11.

The mission of the Black Male College Explorers program is to provide each student a diverse education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning. The Black Male College Explorers staff join with the parents and community members that will assist these students in developing skills to become independent and self-sufficient adults who will succeed and contribute responsibly in a global community.

The Goals of the Program

  • Provide experiences that will prevent this demographic from dropping out of school.
  • Facilitate preparedness to enter the work force or engage in some type of secondary training/education.
  • Facilitate their admission to college.
  • Significantly increase their chances of earning a college degree.

The degree to which our goals and expected outcomes are met will be determined by the concerted efforts of the staff and guided by the counselor who will monitor and document student progress and achievement in the program and in the public school milieu; design appropriate formative and summative evaluation procedures and implement; and track student performance in both the program components and on standardized performance and achievement indicators used in Duval and St. Johns counties and the state of Florida. Data collected and evaluated will be both qualitative and quantitative and used to make program decisions.

Food, books, and classroom supplies and materials are provided at no cost to the students involved in the program. Several in-kind contributions will be made by Edward Waters College, our host institution.

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