MIP also strives to identify and address the physical and emotional issues facing adolescent males of color, to encourage lifelong learning, and to inform the wider community of the issues involved in reaching and serving this student population.
The premise for establishing MIP was sparked by a 2006
research report produced by the University of Chicago Consortium on
Chicago School Research that called attention to the continuing
challenge of low college enrollment and graduation rates of CPS
students, particularly males of color. In response to these findings,
Dr. Shelby Wyatt, professional school counselor at CPS' Kenwood Academy,
took on the challenge of establishing male-mentoring programs in high
schools across the city like the Kenwood Brotherhood, an organization he
helped to start.
The Center for Access and Attainment has
managed this partnership since the program's inception, which began
with the first annual student development retreat for nearly 300 males
of color held in 2007 on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. Since then,
involvement in the partnership has grown and DePaul has:
MIP is a recognized activity with Chicago Public Schools'
administration, it depends on the volunteer efforts of counselors,
teachers and administrators, and the personal commitment of student
participants to realize program goals. In recent years, DePaul has taken
on an increased program management role, including securing grant
funding for MIP programming.
- provided a graduate research assistant/coordinator for MIP
- provided leadership training for MIP counselors
- provided a violence prevention workshop for counselors
- provided a male identity workshop for MIP and DePaul male students of color
collaborated with MIP and the CPS Department of Postsecondary Education
in writing a successful proposal to College Board for funding
- initiated discussions with CPS about MIP outcome research and reporting
- hosted seven annual student development retreats, each attended by more than 200 MIP participants
In 2012, DePaul was awarded a grant
from Bank of America to evaluate MIP and take the lead in creating a
sustainable network of school-based mentoring programs within dozens of
schools that participate in the program. The grant will also help create
a digital social learning network that will enable students and mentors
to gain knowledge, exchange ideas and connect to a broad range of
Programs and Activities
The office of College Access within the Center for Access
and Attainment hosts a range of program activities for students and
coordinators within the Male Initiative Project.
Development. Each fall, the center hosts a professional development
meeting for coordinators of the MIP programs in schools citywide,
providing an opportunity to share news and best practices and plan for
the new academic year and beyond.
School-based Male Mentoring
Forum. The center hosted the first-ever Forum on the Effectiveness of
School-based Male Mentoring in October 2011. The biennial forum focuses
on expanding efforts to promote and strengthen school-based male
mentoring as an effective practice for improving educational outcomes
for African-American and Hispanic/Latino males, as well as provides a
place to share best practices among schools that have successful
mentoring programs. A second forum took place in October 2013 that
focused on the role of technology in enriching and expanding the work of
school-based mentoring in participating schools.
Challenge. D-Men (DePaul Males Encouraging Non-Violence) Challenge
program was created in 2011 for student participants in the Male
Initiative Project. The purpose of the D-Men Challenge is to
build and reinforce teamwork, camaraderie and collective responsibility
among the participants by engaging them in mentally and physically
challenging activities that encourage creativity, critical thinking and
reflection. Students also engage in frank conversations around the
intersections of race, gender, masculinity and violence as the
participants experience them in their daily lives. In addition, students
learn about the university and what it takes to enroll and succeed in a
selective institution such as DePaul.
The D-Men Challenge is a
collaborative effort involving DePaul's Men of Color Initiative within
Student Affairs and the Campus Recreation Department. It is coordinated
by the College Access office within the Center for Access and
Attainment. Funding for the program was initially made possible through a
successful proposal to the Vincentian Endowment Fund, which was
coordinated by Campus Recreation.
If you would like more information about MIP programming at DePaul, please contact Amanda Parada-Villatoro at (773) 325-8347 or firstname.lastname@example.org