“Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper” aired on Sunday, June 21st in a simulcast on the Discovery Channel and the Oprah Winfrey Network. The film documents the lives and families of boys and young men of color from across the United States who participate in life changing intervention programs. The film highlights four programs: Urban Prep Academies, Halstead Academy of the Art and Science, YouthBuild, and Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man (B.A.M.); all exemplifying the principles of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative which seeks to improve the life outcomes of boys and young men of color and all youth.

The film also discusses President Obama’s challenge to cities and towns across the nation to encourage reasonable cradle-to-college-and career strategies for improving the life outcomes of all young people, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they were born. The film along with the MBK initiative continues to garner support from institutions and individuals across the country. Project MALES and the Texas Consortium for Male Students of Color continue to be proud supporters of MBK.

For more information on MBK click here.
For more information on the film “Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper” click here.


Webb Award

On Monday June 1st 2015, the Project MALES mentoring program received a certificate of recognition from Webb Middle School. Jorge Segovia, Community Engagement Coordinator and Juan Lopez, Lead Mentoring Site Coordinator for Project MALES, received the award on behalf of the organization. Mr. Segovia said, “Today we received our certificate of recognition on behalf of the mentors who served at Webb Middle School!!! We want to give special thanks to Jonathan Espinoza, Carlos Guerrero. Enrique Reyes, and Karina Roque for their time and commitment to our students.”

This is the first year that Project MALES participates in the Webb OSCARS Community Partner Celebration, which is an annual event that recognizes community organizations for their partnership and support for the success of students and families at Webb Middle School. We look forward in continuing our partnership with the students, teachers, and administrators at Webb in the upcoming academic school year.


Project MALES Announces New Faculty and Research Affiliate Program

May 13, 2015

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Project MALES Faculty and Research Affiliates Program. The goal of this Faculty and Research Affiliates Program is to raise the visibility of our affiliates’ research on young males of color by amplifying their work to our growing national network of P-16 practitioners and administrators. Our […]

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Project MALES Congratulates Mike Gutierrez For Receiving the 2015 Rose Martinez Student Excellence Award

May 8, 2015

Project MALES would like to congratulate Mike Gutierrez for receiving the 2015 Rose Martinez Student Excellence Award at this year’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s (DDCE) end-of-year celebration. Mike was chosen from a select group of talented students throughout the DDCE. Mike is our Lead Site Coordinator and will be graduating this spring with a […]

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Project MALES stands with the newly launched MBK Alliance

May 6, 2015

On May 5, 2015 President Obama announced the launch of a new non-profit, the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance. Building on the success of his MBK initiative announced last year, the MBK Alliance is a nationwide initiative whose goal is to ensure that MBK fulfills its mission, by uniting leaders across philanthropic, nonprofit, and private […]

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Project MALES Alumni, “Where Are They Now?”

April 27, 2015

Over the years Project MALES has been fortunate to have many student leaders and mentors come through our ranks. In particular, our undergraduate mentors and work-study students work with young males of color at all levels of the educational pipeline in an effort to improve their overall educational attainment. In addition, Project MALES also aims […]

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Project (FE)MALES – A Spotlight on our Female Mentors

April 20, 2015

Over the course of our collaborations with internal and external partners, one of the frequent questions we get is, “Can female students get involved with Project MALES?” Our response has always been, “Yes, absolutely…almost half of our mentors are female.” Borne out of our research work, we have learned that women can play a pivotal […]

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Project MALES Staff has Been Presenting at Meetings and Conferences Around the Nation

April 15, 2015

Over the past few weeks our Project MALES staff had the opportunity to share our work around issues affecting male students of color nationwide. Here are some of the highlights of the events and conversations we have been a part of. On Friday March 6, 2015 Dr. Victor Sáenz participated in the 2015 Ohio Latino Education […]

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Project MALES Hosts Young Men Of Color For Explore UT

March 17, 2015

  On Saturday, March 7th 2015, Project MALES hosted the young men and staff of XY-Zone for Explore UT 2015. XY-Zone is a male leadership development and peer support program in Central Texas, that develops productive life skills in high school-aged, at risk youth. This meeting introduced young male students of color to the University […]

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Introducing Dr. Taryn Ozuna Allen, Project MALES’s first Faculty Affiliate.

March 3, 2015

This week we spotlight the work of Dr. Taryn Ozuna Allen, Project MALES’s first Faculty Affiliate. Dr. Ozuna Allen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, at the University of Texas in Arlington. Dr. Ozuna Allen became a Faculty Affiliate with Project MALES in June 2014. Her research focuses […]

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Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Ponjuán attend the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative Community Challenge National Convening in Washington D.C.

February 17, 2015

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Dr. Victor Sáenz and Dr. Luis Ponjuán visited the White House for the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge National Convening. This event took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. Dr. Sáenz and Dr. Ponjuán joined the convening as speakers in a discussion series sharing their experiences and insights […]

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Site of the Week: William B. Travis High School

February 9, 2015

  For the third year in a row, Project MALES is mentoring at William B. Travis High School (Travis). This year the mentoring site coordinator at Travis H.S. is Juan Lopez, a first year master’s student in the education department with a specialization in College and University Student Personnel Administration at the University of Texas […]

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