About

EMPOWERING MALES  OF COLOR IN DCPS IS AN ALIGNED EFFORT BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO IDENTIFY AND ASSESS CURRENT CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES OF PK- 12 BLACK AND LATINO MALES. DCPS WILL COLLABORATE WITH THE COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS SCHOOL & DISTRICT LEADERS TO IMPLEMENT EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE, INCREASE ACHIEVEMENT, AND PREPARE OUR MALES OF COLOR FOR COLLEGE, CAREERS, AND LIFE BEYOND DCPS.

OUR PLAN

Our goal at the District of Columbia Public Schools is to ensure every DCPS student receives a world-class education that prepares ALL of our students, regardless of background or circumstances, for success in college, career, and life.

To fulfill this goal, we realized that we must do a better job of tapping into the potential of male students of color in our schools.

Here’s how we’re going to do it. We’ll:
-Identify academic challenges associated with males of color in DCPS.
-Analyze the success stories and dig into what worked for males of color who have excelled.
-Highlight and replicate what’s already working on a national level and in other communities.
-Align our current programs and resources in support of our males of color.
-Work to improve academic outcomes and social/emotional development of these students.
-Collaborate with other agencies and the community to make this a sustained effort.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to ensure that every DCPS school provides a world class education that prepares ALL of our students-including males of color-for success in college, career and life.

On January 21, 2015, DCPS announced this new initiative at Ballou Senior High School featuring speakers Mayor Muriel Bowser and Urban Prep Founder Tim King (video left).

CORE STRATEGIES

DC ED FUND IS ACTIVELY SEEKING SUPPORT TO TRANSFORM THE TRAJECTORY OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT FOR DC PUBLIC SCHOOLS' MALES OF COLOR.

1. Mentoring Through Literacy

Improve literacy by enlisting trained mentors  to help struggling Black and Latino readers. The work to dramatically improve outcomes for

2. Proving What’s Possible Grants

Invest in grants to improve academic and social outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color. In order for DCPS

3. All-Male College Prep High School

Open a high school dedicated to guiding male students toward graduation and college.   To go further, faster, DCPS must

BECOME A DONOR

Join us in our effort to change the academic trajectory of Black and Latino male students in the District of Columbia.

Mentoring GOAL: $500,000
  • Bolstering Reading Ability
  • Forming Bonds
  • Building Confidence
  • Setting Foundation for Academic Success
PWP Grant GOAL: $5.5M
  • Multi-year and Mini-grants for Innovation
  • Allowing Schools to Develop and Expand Initiatives
  • Improve Academic/Social Outcomes in Students
  • Provide Academic, Family Engagement, Socio-emotional Support
All Male College Prep HS GOAL: $1.4M
  • Partnering with Urban Prep of Chicago
  • 100% College Acceptance Goal
  • Targeted, Proven, High-Impact Support
  • Accelerating Academic Achievement

Be a Mentor

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE A MENTOR. ALL YOU NEED IS AN INTEREST IN THE FUTURE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, AND A COMMITMENT TO WALK ALONGSIDE A STUDENT IN THIS LEG OF HIS JOURNEY.

Be a Mentor

500 for 500: Mentoring for Literacy puts together dedicated adults with students to improve Black and Latino young male students’ reading ability while building confidence to set a foundation for academic and life success.

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IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE OR GET INVOLVED WITH THE EMPOWERING MALES OF COLOR INITIATIVE, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US!

For information on how to be a mentor send us a message or call (202) 442-5041

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Questions? Want more info?

Contact Katie Howard, Portfolio Director of DC Education Fund For DONATION inquiries only.

  • 3407 14st Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
  • khoward@dcedfund.org