Florida’s historically Black colleges and universities are partnering with the University of a Florida in a new mentoring program targeting African American males. The program’s goal is to increase the academic achievement of Black males in fourth and fifth grade.
Called the Situational Environmental Circumstances Model, the stated goal is to “provide children, families and social service providers with engagement strategies and activities within the communities, which the children reside. These strategies will include non-traditional engagement methods to assist children with understanding the importance of personal and educational success and achievement.”
Each of the four historically Black colleges and universities will choose 8 to 10 mentors to participate in the program. And each mentor will have no more than three students to mentor. Participating HBCUs are Florida A&M University, Florida Memorial University, Edward Waters College, and Bethune-Cookman University.