Mentoring & STEM Implications

5. Inspiring excellence in STEM is an enduring requirement for our service. The future of the America relies upon achieving STEM capabilities and goals. We have aligned our local, regional and national mentoring around our enduring priorities—to reach Black children and help them be more competitive Americans and to inspire their continued growth in the disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). Emerging United States requirements call for higher qualification requirements and make this focus even more important for all black children and their influencers.

Because beloved Black children are in a state of emergency:

  • Of all Black fourth-graders, 58% are functionally illiterate.
  • In some cities, 80% of our boys drop out before finishing high school.
  • Every day 1,000 Black children are arrested.
  • 1 in every 8 African American males ages 25-29 is incarcerated.
  • The number one cause of death for our boys is homicide.

Benefits for Protege…

  • Increased levels of self esteem, self confidence and self-efficacy
  • Higher levels of academic achievement
  • Decrease in school drop-out rate
  • Reduction in risky behavior (i.e., drug/alcohol use, bullying, teen pregnancy, etc.)
  • Create relationships that promote trust, loyalty and integrity
  • Develop communication skills with adults and peers
  • Set and achieve personal, academic and career goals

Benefits for Mentors…

  • Expanded knowledge of advanced interpersonal and communication skills
  • Increased self awareness
  • Shared learning
  • Establish valuable and meaningful relationships
  • Make a meaningful difference in the life of a child and our community

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