Reaching Black Boys


Reaching Black Boys

On virtually every measure of educational success, African-American male students trail behind their peers in Chicago Public Schools. Black boys score lowest on state achievement tests, are more likely than their peers to drop out of high school and are less likely to make it to college.  This resource center offers stories, reports and research on the challenges and possible solutions to this achievement gap, as well as a directory of local resources and excerpts from a symposium on the topic. We welcome your feedback.

RBB Symposium

Keilan Bonner

Former Golden Apple Scholar who teaches math at King College Prep High School

Shelby Wyatt

Counselor, Kenwood Academy High School

Dennis Lacewell

Principal, Urban Prep Academy for Young Men, Englewood campus

Rev. Otis Moss III

Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ

George Smith

Psychologist and vice chairman,100 Black Men of Chicago

Pedro Noguera

Professor, New York University

Leaders panel

Reaching Black Boys Symposium, April 20, 2010

Erica Hunt

President, Twenty-First Century Foundation

Symposium featuring Dr. Pedro Noguera

Local resources

We invite all organizations serving black men and boys to share information about their programs. Click here for a form where you can enter your Information. Visit our Resources Page to learn about the resources that have been entered to date. Please spread the word that we are compiling a directory of resources and welcome additions.

Catalyst Reporting

download catalyst in brief reaching black boysThe achievement gap afflicting black boys and young men is an ongoing focus of Catalyst Chicago. In June 2009, we devoted an issue of Catalyst In Depth to the topic. Subsequently we created a two-page briefing paper on the topic and posted updates and related stories in the Notebook section of our web site. Click on the images above to download PDFs.

Stories and Studies


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High Hopes campaign

A coalition of community organizations is advocating for CPS to reduce suspensions and expulsions through implementation of restorative justice and other proven strategies. Click here to learn more.  

How effective are School-Based Male Mentoring Organizations?

The Kenwood Academy Brotherhood, a male mentoring program, and DePaul University are teaming up and hosting a national discussion on the effectiveness of school-based male mentoring organizations.  To join the conversation, sign up here.

The Reaching Black Boys Symposium and Resource Center are supported by gifts from our members as well as the Lloyd A Fry Foundation and the Pierce Family Foundation.