Empowering African American
Stereotypes are dangerous perceptions we all have.
Checking one’s own attitude and hidden behaviors.
African American Males are 72% less likely to attend college than Caucasian Males.
Over represented in Special education programs.
Have higher levels of behavior problems in the school setting.
Are often feared by teachers regardless of the teacher’s race.
The odds are against them.
Identify college as an opportunity
Identify what the student needs to do to reach his goals
Network within the child’s community
Help the students to understand that all of
our history involves interaction with one another
Seek and teach about positive African American
Become a part of the child’s community
Establish a safety net around the child by using the circle of trust model
Talk with community leaders
Talk with the child’s next school level teachers
Low self-esteem is the #1 cause for Black males acting out behaviors
Stop pitying them, start helping the child to see his own skin color as the gift
Talk to the child daily about college
Ask the child what college he is going to attend
If the child does not know, help him explore some colleges
Discuss financial programs available in his future
Children know when you are acting
Show the child that you believe in him
Praise the child often
Look for positives even when they are hard to find
Notes to mom, a warm smile, a compliment can go a long way
Don’t go ugh!
Plug, all your talents together
To find what works best
For the boys in your school