Man Up: A Descriptive Analysis on Mentoring Programs Serving African American Males

Mauriell H. Amechi


While college retention has declined for students in general, the alarming picture painted by national data reveals the severe attrition of African American men from higher education arenas. The National Center for Education Statistics revealed in 2005 that only 32.4 percent of African American men who start college graduate within six years. Since then, there has been no evidence of a reverse in this trend and only a few researchers have offered solutions to this problem. Mentoring in education—viewed as a support mechanism—is an area of research that has received much attention. This project includes a descriptive analysis on research, literature, and programs relevant to the mentorship of African American male students in the education pipeline. With a primary focus on secondary and post secondary students, this study will highlight mentoring strategies and methods being implemented to redress the plight in higher education. To further elucidate the experiences of minority men as mentors and mentees, an interview pilot study was conducted. Five African American males who identified themselves as either a mentor, mentee, or both were included. It is my hope that this project will better inform educational policy makers on various levels within higher education and government.


Mentoring in education, African American Males, Educational Outcomes

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