Afrocentric mentoring program developed by the Benjamin E. Mays Institute (BEMI)
Initiative Description: The BEMI program, utilizes prosocial modeling, cultural strengths and pride, and single-sex instruction in a dual-sex educational environment. The students’ instruction was delivered by male instructors in then major subject areas (mathematics, science, English, and history). Every Wednesday, the students were expected to dress in professional attire and host a local business or community leader. These community members provided instruction to the students from then area of expertise.
Study Results: Participants in the mentoring program had higher CMT Mathematics and Reading test scores
Reference: Gordon, D. M., Iwamoto, D. K., Ward, N., Potts, R., & Boyd, E. (2009). Mentoring Urban Black Middle School Male Students: Implications for Academic Achievement. Journal of Negro Education, 78(3), 277–289
Level of Evidence: Very Good