Improving High School Graduation Rates Among Males of Color: Trends, Findings, and Recommendations

In conjunction with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Forward Promise initiative to improve the prospects of boys and young men of color, RWJF commissioned the Moriah Group and partners to write and publish seven issue briefs that examine key barriers to health and success for young men of color, as well as some promising practices. The National Dropout Prevention Center was asked to write an issue brief on improving high school graduation rates and to participate in a webinar on pathways to graduation for young men of color.

 

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rwf-thumbnail-150x200Improving High School Graduation Rates Among Males of Color: Trends, Findings, and Recommendations

Suggested citation: Addis, S., & Withington, C. (2016, September). Improving high school graduate rates for males of color: Trends, findings, and recommendations (An Issue Brief in Collaboration with The Moriah Group and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). Retrieved from http://dropoutprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/rwjf-ndpcn-moriah-ImprovingGrad RatesMalesOfColor-2016.pdf

 

 


Webinar
November 14, 2016
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

The High School Finish Line: Pathways to Graduation for Boys/Young Men of Color

An Archived version of this presentation is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84L4AuaCMhs

A look at:

  • Impediments to high school graduation such as harsh school discipline
  • Places around the US that are showing progress in promoting high school graduation
  • Ways to re-engage young men who have dropped out of school

Featured:
Howard Addis, PhD – Clemson University, National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Ms. Kisha Bird – CLASP
Ms. Dwanna Nicole – Advancement Project

 


Additional Resources

Executive Summary and Seven Issue Briefs on the Topic from The Moriah Group and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

Executive Summary
Moving Toward Healing
Early Childhood Expulsions and Suspensions
Improving High School Graduation Rates Among Males of Color
Unequal Access
School Discipline Reform and Advocacy
Employment Pathways for Boys and Young Men of Color
Addressing Trauma Among Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Boys of Color

 


Three Webinars on the Topic from The Moriah Group and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Oct 21, 2016, 3:00–4:00 PM ET: Getting In, Staying In: Boys of Color in Early Childhood Education

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A look at:

  • The importance of quality preschool opportunities for boys of color
  • Why boys of color are disproportionately suspended or expelled from preschool
  • What can be done to solve the problem

Featured:
Walter Gilliam, PhD – Yale University
Dionne Dobbins, PhD – Child Care Aware of America


Nov 14, 2016, 3:00–4:00 PM ET: The High School Finish Line: Pathways to Graduation for Boys/Young Men of Color

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A look at:

  • Impediments to high school graduation such as harsh school discipline
  • Places around the US that are showing progress in promoting high school graduation
  • Ways to re-engage young men who have dropped out of school

Featured:
Howard Addis, PhD – Clemson University, National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Ms. Kisha Bird – CLASP
Ms. Dwanna Nicole – Advancement Project


Dec 12, 2016, 3:00–4:00 PM ET: Boys & Young Men of Color: Facing Trauma, Finding Healing and Wellbeing

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A look at:

  • How violence and other forms of childhood trauma harm the health and wellbeing of young men of color
  • How healthcare and justice systems are addressing trauma
  • Approaches to supporting those who are LGBTQ

Featured:
John Rich, MD, MPH – Drexel University
Kevin Nadal, PhD – Center for LGBTQ Studies at City University of New York
Howard Stevenson, PhD – University of Pennsylvania