Black Male Achievement http://wboi.org en Interview: Ron Lewis on Race and Higher Education http://wboi.org/post/interview-ron-lewis-race-and-higher-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we heard in <a href="http://wboi.org/post/interview-ron-lewis-racial-bias-education">Wednesday's interview with Ron Lewis</a>, significant challenges exist for young black men in the classroom, and many are hard to quantify.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But those challenges don't end when those men get to college.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:41:05 +0000 Virginia Alvino 32062 at http://wboi.org Interview: Ron Lewis on Race and Higher Education Interview: Ron Lewis on Racial Bias in Education http://wboi.org/post/interview-ron-lewis-racial-bias-education <p>By now, it should be no surprise to listeners of&nbsp;<a href="http://thedifferencefw.tumblr.com/"><em>The Difference </em></a>that&nbsp;young African-American men are falling behind their peers in the classroom.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 31945 at http://wboi.org Interview: Ron Lewis on Racial Bias in Education Interview: Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock on Black Male Achievement http://wboi.org/post/interview-fort-wayne-city-councilman-geoff-paddock-black-male-achievement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From education to income, there’s a significant gap between black men and their peers in Fort Wayne- last year, the City was awarded a technical grant from the National League of Cities to address the disparity.</span></p><p>As a part of the initiative, the NLC held a conference in Oakland last month for the participating cities to learn about strategies for improving black male achievement.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 30074 at http://wboi.org Interview: Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock on Black Male Achievement Black Barbershop Health Initiative Offers Free Screenings for Men of Color http://wboi.org/post/black-barbershop-health-initiative-offers-free-screenings-men-color <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Many black men throughout Indiana going to get a haircut this weekend were also able to receive a free health screening. The&nbsp;</span>4th<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative was held Saturday across the state. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:43:06 +0000 Virginia Alvino 28745 at http://wboi.org Black Barbershop Health Initiative Offers Free Screenings for Men of Color Interview: IU's Russell Skiba on Research Showing Black Students More Likely to be Suspended http://wboi.org/post/interview-ius-russell-skiba-research-showing-black-students-more-likely-be-suspended <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers have known for years that black male students are disciplined in schools more frequently than their white peers.</span></p><p><a href="http://rtpcollaborative.indiana.edu/briefing-papers/">New research</a> from Indiana University confirms that gap exists nationwide, but it goes a step further – black girls, Latinos, and gay students are also at risk of being over-referred and suspended from school.</p><p>The new studies find suspensions are often given for relatively small offenses, things like loitering and dress code violations.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 28207 at http://wboi.org Interview: IU's Russell Skiba on Research Showing Black Students More Likely to be Suspended New IU Research Sharpens Focus on Discipline Disparity in Schools http://wboi.org/post/new-iu-research-sharpens-focus-discipline-disparity-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A series of research papers examining the disparities in school disciplinary practices released earlier this month show students of color are suspended at much higher rates. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he findings were released by the Equity Project at Indiana University.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:43:45 +0000 Virginia Alvino 28183 at http://wboi.org Obama Launches Initiative To Provide Opportunities For Young Men of Color http://wboi.org/post/obama-launches-initiative-provide-opportunities-young-men-color <p>President Obama Thursday announced a new initiative to provide opportunities for young men of color who are underachieving compared to their peers.</p><div><p>Obama is calling for collaboration from foundations, corporations, and community leaders to address the nationwide gap.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is aimed at helping black and </span>latino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> boys stay in school and out of the criminal justice system - and to improve their access to higher education.</span></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 27135 at http://wboi.org Obama Launches Initiative To Provide Opportunities For Young Men of Color The Difference: Growing Up Without a Role Model, Now Ready to Be One http://wboi.org/post/difference-growing-without-role-model-now-ready-be-one <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Throughout 2014 WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re calling our project “The Difference.”&nbsp;</span></em></p><p></p><p>In Fort Wayne, the number of potential roadblocks to academic and social development for some African-American boys is vast. Poverty, stereotyping, recidivism, cultural differences: each can have an impact on how a child learns and grows.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:47:07 +0000 Virginia Alvino 26283 at http://wboi.org The Difference: Growing Up Without a Role Model, Now Ready to Be One The Difference: How Mentors Can Help Close the Achievement Gap http://wboi.org/post/difference-how-mentors-can-help-close-achievement-gap <div><p><em>All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change. We're calling the project "The Difference."</em></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:05:24 +0000 Virginia Alvino 26234 at http://wboi.org The Difference: How Mentors Can Help Close the Achievement Gap The Difference: How One Man Intervenes to Keep Kids Out of Prison http://wboi.org/post/difference-how-one-man-intervenes-keep-kids-out-prison <p><em>All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI News is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re calling the project “The Difference.”</span></em></p><p>It can be hard to get out of the legal system once you’re in it – and for black youth it can be especially challenging.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:59:01 +0000 Virginia Alvino 26141 at http://wboi.org The Difference: How One Man Intervenes to Keep Kids Out of Prison