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Foundation for the Mid South announces “Males of Color: Cultivating Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”
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Foundation for the Mid South announces “Males of Color: Cultivating Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”

The Foundation for the Mid South is proud to partner with Pine Bluff organizations in identifying challenges and addressing opportunities for males of color.  The groups are ensuring that males are preparing for college or careers.  The groups include: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pine Bluff AR Alumnae Chapter; Ivy Center for Education, Incorporated; Junior Leadership Pine Bluff; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Pine Bluff AR Alumnae Chapter; and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

WHO: Males of Color Initiative

WHERE: O'Bryant, W.E., Bell Tower

      University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

      1200 N. University Drive

      Pine Bluff, AR 71601

      (Located in the center of the campus)

WHAT: Announcement of $200,000 in grant investments with local Pine Bluff organizations.

WHEN:  Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 10:00 am CST

The Foundation for the Mid South understands that assessing and addressing the disparities among males of color is critical.  Quality of life measures for black males in the region are of great concern, specifically graduation rates and employment. The purpose of this initiative is to support efforts that strive to improve outcomes by addressing high school graduation rates, college preparedness, and career readiness.  Our objective is to connect with existing programs and services that support males of color and to identify successful strategies and lessons learned that can be replicated in new communities.

“As leaders, we must take proactive steps to undo the barriers that impede males of color as they strive toward pathways to opportunity and success,” says Ivye L. Allen, Foundation for the Mid South President. “Our expected outcome is to improve academic performance and greater connectivity to college and career opportunities for Pine Bluff males of color.

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