Racial Equity Office partners with program to build leadership skills in young men

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The Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office has partnered with the Project MALE Program to provide young men from Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School, Mark Twain Elementary School and South Oak Cliff High School an opportunity to build character and leadership skills. Project MALE is a year-long program for young men.

​Project MALE leaders have designed 2-3 hour monthly sessions connected to program objectives delivered through five content areas: education, social, history/cultural, self-management, and healthy lifestyles.  Students also engage in field trips, career fairs, and a visit to a college.

Students will also participate in financial literacy activities and at least one community service project. For 2018-2019, monthly sessions are held each second Saturday on the campus of the University of North Texas at Dallas.

This program is also an opportunity to engage parents. Project MALE is holding sessions for parents focused on providing helpful information to parents for relating to their young boys, financing their college education, and maintaining healthy eating and lifestyles.

Project MALE’s goals are:

— Personal Responsibility:  To include the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.

— Social Responsibility:  To include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage in regional, national, and global communities.

​– Critical Thinking:  To read and review data to define and solve problems.

The Dallas ISD Racial Equity Office is thrilled to work with community partners that are committed to providing students with well-rounded programming to enhance their experiences in Dallas ISD and support their growth and development as leaders.

“The first session with Project Male was great! I am excited to lead our young men into manhood with bold and courageous leaders,” said Joseph Thomas, South Oak Cliff High School male mentor lead. “It is the right place at the right time to prepare our young men to lead.”

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