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Posted 12/17/2012 by Collaborate Boston Application

Issue to be Addressed:
Many Black and Brown boys in the U.S. are primarily focused on survival skills, within their respective communities and lack the presence of role models and necessary resources to expose them to positive alternatives relative to the negative conditions they encounter daily. 
In an effort to address the personal and academic under-development of black and brown boys to be able to compete with 21st century skills, we are proposing the development and implementation of a program that will enable Black and Brown Boys to get exposed to communication skills (which may include foreign languages such as Mandarin with the possibility of international experiences) along with science and math skills to make them competitive within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM-related) based careers. 
Nations like China and India are quickly developing their young people, as part of a developing nation, to become members of a globally and technologically competitive world.  Whereas, in the United States we see a growing segment of the K-12 population, mostly Black and Brown boys, being turned into a “third world” nation within a first world country because of their poor math and science K-12 skills, thereby locking them out opportunities for achievement.

Project Proposed:
The proposed project would consist of the development of public speaking, language, science and mathematics skills (STEM), along with positive self-development skills.  Additionally, we are considering the introduction of some foreign language exposure, such as Mandarin Chinese to expose Black and Brown boys to a growing segment of the world’s population where they will eventually encounter individuals with these language skills. 
In an effort to advance academic performance in the areas of science and technology, we propose the enhanced engagement with university chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) to expose Black and Brown boys to representative role models in addition to being acquainted with a pre-collegiate science and mathematics curriculum.
The proposed project would seek to track the performance of the Black and Brown Boys through their formal academic K-12 program of study, in addition to the extra-curricular educational and personal development skills during the Saturday academy.  Moreover, the project would engage the parents of Black and Brown boys in this experience by providing educational workshops which would facilitate academic self-development through the use of extra-curricular tools such as Khan Academy and other K-12 related materials and/or resources.

Role of Collaboration:
The collaboration between the Boston Renaissance Charter School, Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development (PRI), a youth program created by Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc. (CBMM) and Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT), a leadership development program of the National Black MBA Association, Boston Chapter would synergistically combine the strengths of each respective program to develop a project greater than the sum of its individual parts. 
The Boston Renaissance Charter School, an award winning Charter School in the City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts would continue its work in building upon the academic success of  Black and Brown boys with constructive before school activities, rigorous academics during normal school hours and offering a high quality after-school program to extend learning time.   With the aid and assistance of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc. and the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development, an organization with a nearly quarter century history of engaging Black and Brown boys in self-development  and civic engagement through its Rites of Passage model curriculum can systematically continue the work of the partners listed in the proposal. 
Lastly, through the assistance and support from members of Leaders of Tomorrow, an organization committed to addressing the disparities Black and Brown boys face in their adolescent development, providing expertise and professional skills in the areas of personal empowerment, workforce and leadership development will provide much needed assistance in reinforcing the significance and importance of education. Each component of the collaboration offers a continuous cycle of learning for Black and Brown boys.

The Collaborate Boston prize would enable the collaborators of this proposal to pool resources in the design, implementation of new and expansion of existing programs intended to focus on furthering the multi-dimensional development of Black and Brown Boys, which includes, but not be limited to; academics (by way of Boston Renaissance Charter School), individualism and community participation (from CBMM, Inc.) and professional aspirations (from Leaders of Tomorrow).  Through a collective and collaborative effort, maintaining a formidable history and presence supporting Black and Brown boys within the target age group of 9-15, partnering advances has the potential to advance improvement for the communities of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.
Additionally, with the assistance of the Collaborate Boston prize,  each organization can solicit expert and professional services within the communities, therefore significantly increasing the community involvement to improve the academic and socio-economic conditions of Black and Brown boys.   Furthermore, with the proper funding assistance,  each organization can further a corporate message of collaboration to accomplish a collective goal; improve the lives of Black and Brown Boys and preparing them to understand the importance of becoming future and equal competitors in the 21st century and contributors to a global community of learners and professionals.

Project Team Partners:
The Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc. (CBMM)
The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School
The National Black MBA Boston Chapter - Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT)

Primary Contact:
The Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc. (CBMM)

In the fall of 1989, The Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc. (CBMM), under the leadership auspices of its Standing Committee on Education initiated The Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development (PRI).  PRI was founded to provide a vehicle of educational, emotional and personal support to young Black males and their families.  Predicated on the grounds that Black children and their families are at acute risk in today's society, the Institute was formed to provide a range of early intervention and self-awareness options for elementary age youth and their families.

PRI cultivates adolescent male members of the Boston and Greater Boston area to become adolescent leaders for the future.  PRI, a program designed and constructed by the founding members of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc provide African-American males, ranging in grades from elementary to high school students with leadership and mentoring skills in a series of 26 Saturday learning sessions in the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston.  In addition to comprehensive training, LEAH mentors are placed in paid internships in youth-serving organizations where they can both learn and contribute.  During the internships, mentors work with younger students at least four hours every week while participating in monthly initiative meetings.

Rooted in the principles of positive self-enrichment, PRI equips young black males with the necessary attributes to enhance school performance and to become models of inspiration for African American youth within the larger landscape of The City of Boston and Greater Boston areas.  PRI educates young men of color in the areas of accountability, personal goal setting and leadership development.  The program is designed to inspire youth to become leaders through a process of identification of personal dreams or goals, but also how to systematically build an action plan that will leverage resources to support the overarching goal of improving the quality of life in the black community by reaffirming the viability of the black male. 

About Adler C. Eliacin

With over 16 years of professional business experience, Mr. Adler C. Eliacin leads the Supply Diversity & Development team at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.  At the MBTA, Mr. Eliacin is responsible for developing and driving strategy to transform the MBTA’s Supplier Diversity Program into a Best-in-Class Program.  Mr. Eliacin continues to identify supply chain opportunities for Innovative, Small, Diverse Businesses, coach and mentor suppliers to become more competitive and build capacity.
In the community, Mr. Eliacin serves on the executive board as Treasurer and Finance Chair of the Boston Branch NAACP overseeing the budget of the oldest chartered branch in the nation.  Equally important, Mr. Eliacin serves on the board as Fundraising Chair and a member of the Paul Roberson Institute for Positive Youth Self-Development – Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc. (CBMM) for over 20 years.  Mr. Eliacin is a member of Yale Parent Club of Boston.  He also mentors youth through the Kappa League Young Achievers program and is an active member of the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.  Ultimately, he is a dedicated community advocate for small business growth, mentoring and youth development.

Partner 1:
The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School

The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, the largest elementary school in Boston (including all charter public and traditional public schools) is more than a school. BRCPS stands as a beacon of academic, social, and personal achievement for some of the city's most underserved children; where positive experiences not only impact the students but extend into their communities. Boston Renaissance’s program introduces Chinese language and culture to students as young as four. “Most second-language programs start in the seventh grade, but we thought that it made more sense if we want our kids to learn second languages to start as early as possible,” said Harris. Administrators and members of the school's board of trustees have traveled to China twice in the past year, forming partnerships with Chinese educators. Eventually, Harris hopes to have guest teachers come from China to help expand the program. Boston Renaissance has also partnered with the nearby Rogers Middle School to extend the programming past grade six. This school year, Rogers has introduced its own pilot program in Chinese language and culture.

Dr. Roger F Harris, Principal
 Roger F. Harris has devoted 38 years working with youth in Boston’s public schools.  He presently serves as the Superintendent, Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, the largest charter school in the city of Boston. Dr. Harris is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association. He is the former Principal of the two-time National Blue Ribbon Award winning Timilty Middle School. He is co-founder of the award-winning Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, founder and President of Urban School Specialists, LLC, and Executive Producer of “It Takes a Village” an educational video series aired on the Boston Neighborhood Network’s cable channel. Dr. Harris has worked in traditional Boston public high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools as a classroom teacher, athletic coach, mentor, dean, and principal, earning national and international recognition as an outstanding urban educator. Dr. Harris has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, and is presently an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

He has served for over ten years as a mentor principal to the Harvard Principal Certification Pattern at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has been the recipient of numerous civic and community awards, including the 2000 United States Department of Education’s John Stanford Education Heroes Award, the 2001 Massachusetts Elementary Principals Association’s Principal of the Year Award, and the 2001 U. S. Department of Education’s National Distinguished Principal Award. Dr. Harris sits on a number of local Boards and the C-5 Youth Foundation’s National Advisory Board (formerly Camp Coca-Cola).

His success with urban schools extends beyond our shores and has attracted the attention of educators in Sweden, where he has been a frequently invited speaker addressing the following issues: 1. Motivating and Successfully Educating Urban Students. 2. Building Effective Educational Teacher Teams 3. Establishing Successful School-Business/Community Partnerships and 4. Developing Strong Home & School Relationships. Dr. Harris presented “Charter Schools in America” at the annual International Schools Connection (ISC) conference held in Madrid, Spain, and most recently returned from China where he served as a delegate to the Chinese Bridge for American Schools Program, a collaboration between the Chinese Hanban and the College Board.

Roger Harris was born and raised in the Roxbury section of Boston, attended the Boston Public Schools, served three years of active duty with the United States Marine Corps, including a thirteen month tour of duty with a combat unit in Vietnam.  He was a football standout at Boston University, where he earned “Most Valuable Backfield Player” and a Bachelors Degree. He received a Masters Degree from Boston State College, a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Boston College, and is a member of the LeadBoston class of ‘97.  He is married to Cheryl Watson-Harris, Principal of the Maurice Tobin K-8 School in the Mission Hill section of Roxbury, and has seven children.

Partner 2:
The National Black MBA Boston Chapter - Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT)
The Boston Chapter is the premier organization in Boston; to ensure that we are focused on People, Programs and Profitability; to ensure that we support our members to be successful in their chosen professions, and that we are ambassadors for higher education, entrepreneurship and professional career development throughout our community.

Founded in 1991 at the 13th Annual National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA) Conference and Exposition in New York, Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT) is an academic enrichment and leadership program serving high school students who demonstrate leadership potential. The LOT program currently serves hundreds of young adults in chapters throughout the` United States and Canada, along with a contingency in London. Click here to view the LOT demographic profile. For 20 years, National Black MBA Association members have been mentoring high school students all across the country- helping them integrate professional development into their lifestyles, prepare for college, learn how to effectively network, and above all, give back to their communities, and raise their level of expectation.

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