100 Males to College was created in 2015 to increase college access, enrollment, retention, and success for low-income males and males of color (LIM MOC) and particularly young, low-income Latino and African American men so that their prospects for success in college and career are more attainable. It leverages resources in a community and harnesses collective impact modeling such that public higher education campuses, school districts, community and business partners, and political leadership work together to provide additional targeted supports for LIM MOC students. The overall project framework is anchored in strengthening young people through a positive youth development model that embraces culture, identity and community; engaging some of our Commonwealth’s most promising yet underserved young men in a personally and educationally transformational journey.
Elements of the project include:
In February 2017, the Department of Higher Education awarded Performance Incentive Fund grants that would launch 100 Males to College programs in Brockton, Mass. and Worcester, Mass.
A consortium team consisting of Bridgewater State University, Massasoit Community College, Brockton Public Schools, and Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School representatives has agreed to work together to create the Brockton 100 Males to College Program. The grant funding will support developing a curriculum, recruiting students, cultivating partnerships with community groups and identifying community resources, and delivering high impact activities for family engagement to support student success.
In Worcester, Mass. a partnership between Worcester State University, Worcester Public Schools, Quinsigamond Community College, and Becker College, will bring mentoring, dual enrollment, remediation, wrap-around services, and more to 100 male junior and senior students from area high schools. This program will include activities designed to encourage college attendance and completion of students from the Worcester Public Schools, with a specific focus on underrepresented, under-served, low-income, and first-generation to college students.
The first 100 Males to College cohort was born in April 2015 in Springfield, Mass. as a partnership between Springfield Public Schools, the Department of Higher Education (DHE), Springfield Technical Community College, Westfield State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As of May 2016, 119 total students were involved in the program, representing all five district high school campuses as well as alternative high schools. Fifty-nine are seniors, and all 59 will be graduating from Springfield Public Schools. Of those 59, 56 are going on to college and the remaining three have chosen to go on to the military to start the next chapter of their lives.
In February 2016, the second cohort of 100 Males to College was launched with juniors and seniors from Framingham High School and Keefe Regional Technical High School. The Framingham, Mass. cohort is a result of a partnership between the local school district, Framingham State University, MassBay Community College, the MetroWest College Planning Center, MetroWest Boys and Girls Club, Metrowest YMCA, Jewish Family Services and Chyten Test Prep and Tutoring Framingham.
The Department of Higher Education is currently working with partners in business, community and k-12 systems across the state to expand into other low-income districts.