ERIC Number: ED354437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-11
Positive Impact Program (PIP) for At-Risk Black Males.
Cobbs, Charles R.; McCallum, Odell
To address the needs of at-risk black males the Positive Impact Program (PIP) was organized. Teachers and parents were asked to refer black boys in kindergarten through eighth grade who exhibited low self-esteem; lack of motivation; poor academic record; chronic disciplinary problems; poor school attendance; poor hygiene and personal care habits; poor social skills; and disrespect for authority. At an organizational meeting the boys were assigned an advisor and they and their parents agreed to 13 guidelines among which were: (1) being obedient to advisors, teachers, and parents; (2) study each night a minimum of 1.5 hours; (3) attend church services at least once a week; (4) tell advisor their hobby, what they plan to be when grown up and what they are willing to do to get there, what they like and dislike about self; and (5) refrain from cursing and swearing. Each advisor met weekly with his group of 4-16 boys to discuss PIP concerns. All the groups met together for activities once or twice a month. The objectives of the program were to provide positive role models, emotional support, enhance self-esteem, foster awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage, enhancing community pride, recreational activities, and support and encouragement to deal with negative peer pressure. PIP chose to address these areas of concern: teenage pregnancy; Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; sexually transmitted diseases; suicide; gangs; and failure to acquire a high school diploma. According to a 1992 questionnaire all boys except one in the PIP program demonstrated improvement in attitude and performance. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Knoxville, TN, November 11-13, 1992).