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The Black Male College Explorers Program Welcomes New Students

Male Mentoring and Enrichment Program Promotes Positive Engagement for Youth

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Fifty male youth from the local community will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in aviation, STEM, and graphic communications through The Black Male College Explorers Program. The year-round initiative is implemented at four HBCUs across Florida; Bethune-Cookman University, Florida Memorial University, Florida A&M University and Edward Waters College, to empower teenage youth through academia and character enrichment to become their best.

This summer students from 6-12 grades will also participate in youth mentoring exercises, tutoring and will travel for a week with their peers to new and various surroundings. They will visit business and historical sites to explore career opportunities across Alabama. Director of Male Development Initiatives, Jermaine McKinney states, “I’m anticipating a great group of young boys this summer; returning and new students.”

The B-CU Black Male College Explorers program graduated seven high school seniors this year, with each student planning to attend college this fall. Three of those students will be attending B-CU and volunteering with the program as mentors. “I have been with the explorers program for four years and have been able to see these young boys turn into young men,” said McKinney.

The local program also meets on Saturdays during the school year for additional enrichment activities in the community.  Staff, volunteers and mentors plan to coordinate additional engagement with parents, which is also an instrumental component of growth in youth development.

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.

To learn more about The Black Male College Explorers Program contact Jermaine McKinney, Director of Male Initiatives- mckinneyj@cookman.edu.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.