I KNOW THE ANSWER—Students raise their hands in response to speaker’s questions. (Photo by Nikki Denton)
The numbers are staggering and the reality is sobering. African-American males across the board still score below their counterparts in other racial and ethnic groups when it comes to graduation rates, literacy rates and college preparedness. And many African-American men, in turn, are locked out of employment and are filling up the nation’s prisons in disproportionate numbers. But, when it comes to young, African-American boys, behind every statistic is a story.
The Mother to Son Program, of Small Seeds Development Inc., emphasizes a connection between early learning and the dropout rate. Sometimes data does not tell the whole story, however Black males must step up and engaged to produce different academic and social outcomes. Many mothers bring their sons to MTSP because they do not want them to be turned off to education or get caught up in something they will regret later.