ERIC Number: ED350038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-19
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Minority Male Enrollment: Students as Mentors.
Stolar, Steven M.; Cowles, James
During the 1991-92 academic year, Cumberland County College (CCC), in New Jersey, initiated a mentor program to encourage enrollment of male minority high school seniors in postsecondary institutions. Twenty Black and Hispanic males in their senior year of high school participated in the program; all 20 were accepted to an accredited college before they received their diplomas. The project began with recruitment of mentors from among CCC minority male students who had graduated from local high schools. Recruitment efforts included individual letters sent to all prospective mentors, as well as a notice in the school newspaper and a campus flyer. Mentors were selected based on their having completed at least 12 credits at CCC while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4-point scale. Selected mentors received mentoring materials and attended a 2-hour training workship. To recruit mentees from area high schools, a college counselor conducted workshops at each school in Cumberland County, and also met individually with students to discuss their post-high school plans. Prospective mentees were also referred to the program by high school guidance personnel. The program included the following activities: (1) trips to the CCC campus; (2) a mini-conference at CCC for mentors and mentees to become acquainted; (3) a campus tour and attendance at mentors' college classes; (4) regular weekly contact with mentors in person or by telephone; (5) completion of interest surveys; (6) career awareness and self-esteem building workshops; and (7) a group trip to a historically black college. Eleven of the 20 participants selected CCC as their college of choice. (PAA)
Descriptors: Black Students, Career Counseling, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Educationally Disadvantaged, High School Seniors, Hispanic Americans, Males, Mentors, Minority Groups, Peer Groups, Program Descriptions, Self Esteem, Student Recruitment, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Cumberland County Coll., Vineland, NJ.