We were thrilled to honor Chris Chatmon, Executive Director of the African American Male Achievement initiative at our 2015 Scholarship Awards Ceremony. This year also marked the first graduating class of students who participated in the AAMA program since its inception. We were excited to award over $300,000 in scholarships to African American males from OUSD, and to recognize and celebrate Chris’ leadership!
Our partnership provides Manhood Development Program students with essential college access support to make college goals a reality. East Bay College Fund supplements the Manhood Development Program by offering school based college counseling, enrichment activities, and college scholarships.
As partners to the AAMA initiative, we work to address the many educational and cultural barriers to college access which are too often faced by low-income, first-generation African American males in the Oakland Unified School District. In partnership with the AAMA initiative, we are creating a pathway from high school through college graduation for promising young men.
Overall, East Bay College Fund actively supports males of color from Oakland in the following ways:
* By partnership with both OUSD’s African-American Male Achievement Initiative and UC Berkeley Destination College.
* Enhancing the Manhood Development Program: Our College Advisors work with 200 African American males in grades 9th-11th grade by teaching a weekly college access curriculum in a -credit-baring class at six schools (Castlemont, Fremont, McClymonds, Oakland High, Oakland Technical and Skyline).
* High Value Scholarships: Young men of color who meet the Great Expectations scholarship eligibility criteria receive priority consideration.
* College Crews Program: All males of color who attend a local college participate in our College Crews Program through their sophomore year of college. Crews provides biweekly peer supports and annual skills building retreats.
We serve students dealing with all types of situations – from chronically truant to those who are excelling academically.
Because we know that African American and Latino males graduates from high school at considerably lower rates than their peers overall, we open our access programming to all males regarding of academic standing at their schools. In a recent evaluation, we see promising outcomes of the work that OUSD’s AAMA initiative is yielding in partnership with East Bay College Fund and UC Berkeley’s Destination College program. Among these changes, absences and tardiness rates have decreased by over 40% among AAMA participants and 50% of students in the program have earned higher grades over the course of an academic year.