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MPS aims for new level of Black student achievement in 2014-15

Mentors, new programs part of plan to ‘normalize success’
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


An estimated 80 local Black men met with Black male students last Friday morning as part of the 100 Strong Who Care mentoring program that Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Equity Director James Burroughs started about five years ago. He told the students before they met with the men in small groups, “We want to let the world and Minneapolis know that Black men do care about our young Black men.”

Northside Achievement Zone Family Academy Director Andre Dukes told the students they all were born “with a destiny” for success. “You are not a mistake. You are not an accident,” he assured them. “The sooner you make up your minds to reach your goals and live out your destiny, the better off your life will be. Continue Reading →

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Mentors needed to model success




To be a mentor these days, especially to Black youngsters, doesn’t take a lot of academic letters behind one’s name. It just takes someone committed to the next generation’s success. “I think mentoring is extremely important for the growth and development of our young children, especially African American boys and girls,” explains Minneapolis Public Schools Diversity and Equity Director James Burroughs. His office runs a program called 100 Strong Who Care. Started in 2009, the program uses local volunteers who regularly visit MPS schools as tutors, classroom assistants and after-school program supporters. Continue Reading →

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