According to research conducted by the Schott Foundation, the national average graduation rate for black males is 47 percent; half of the states in the U.S. have graduation rates of black males below the national average. Nearly 23 percent of black male dropouts (ages 16 – 24) are incarcerated. Additionally, 69 percent of black male dropouts experience joblessness compared to a national average of 54 percent. And, according to other reports, African American teen homicide rates increased by 34 percent between 2000 - 2007. This, at a time when the overall national murder rate was declining.
Last year, nearly 300 young men, ages 11-19, from the Greater Los Angeles area attended Brother II Brother's "Day of Mentoring" on the hollowed grounds of the UCLA Campus. This year that number will rise to 400, as progressive role models from throughout the community come together to positively impact the lives of young men who appear "at-risk" but truly are tomorrow's leaders if intervention is done.
The event has a special interest in reaching African American male students within the targeted age group of 11-19.
The event will offer a series of interactive workshops, resources, guest speakers, giveaways and special guests.
Breakfast and lunch served.
Space is limited.
When: Saturday, October 23, 2010.
Where: UCLA - Moore Hall
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration: www.brotheriibrother.com or telephone: 310-569-1468
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