SAAB Organization News 2010

SAAB is cited in an interview with Tina Gridiron Smith for a Special Issue of ABFE's Black Men and Boys Initiative, September 2010. Ms. Gridiron Smith was asked for her insight and perspective on the movement in philanthropy and asked “What are the strategies that are working in your work around Black men and boys?; What are the successes and challenges?; and How can philanthropy be more effective in improving life outcomes for Black men and boys? What are the successes and challenges?; and How can philanthropy be more effective in improving life outcomes for Black men and boys?” Read more . . .


The Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB): Building a positive peer-support community: SAAB chapter members greet one another before a meeting. access and success is aimed at increasing the number of African American and Latino men that graduate from college. OMG Center for Collaborative Learning is currently working with SAAB National Headquarters to develop the capacity for collecting data to evaluate the overall impact on SAAB participants. Read The Article . . .


SAAB Press Coverage in the Early Days: Julian Bond and Jesse Jackson .


SAAB is proud to announce the launch of Student African American Sisterhood National Organization, Inc. (SAAS). SAAS positively impacts the lives of its members through creating supportive networks among African American and Latina females, encouraging and assisting with personal and professional development, and providing strategies for educational attainment and success.


Tina Gridiron Smith and Lumina View Education Gap Through Racial Lens: Sixty percent of Americans will have high-quality college degrees and credentials by 2025 if Lumina Foundation’s next decade and a half of grantmaking is successful. The foundation’s ambitious goal targets students of all races, but Lumina Senior Program Officer Tina Gridiron Smith says it also presents an opportunity to address the educational achievement gap between students of color and white students. Read the full article . . .


U.S. News & World Report has ranked Indiana University Northwest at the top in terms of average freshman retention rates among public regional universities in Northwest Indiana, according to the magazine's latest annual ranking featuring America's best colleges. IUN's average freshman retention rate was listed by U.S. News at 65 percent. This also was the highest among the IU regional campuses. Statewide, IUN had the second-highest retention rate of any public regional university. The retention rates featured by U.S. News are the average proportion of freshmen entering a university starting in fall 2005 through fall 2008, who returned to school the following fall. "As first-year retention increases, we are confident that our students' rate of degree completion will also rise significantly," Chancellor William Lowe said.

David Malik, executive chancellor for academic affairs, credited the IUN-Ivy Tech chapter of the Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) as a program that's helped students develop the academic and life skills necessary to succeed in college. Summer 2010, SAAB held its Summer Bridge Academy, which brought incoming freshman and transfer students from the two schools to campus for two weeks of classes and programs designed to help them prepare for their first year of college.

In other U.S. News categories, IUN was listed as the most economically diverse of Northwest Indiana's local campuses and the sixth most economically diverse among all regional universities in the Midwest. The university tied for second locally in campus racial diversity. August 20, 2010 - Post-Tribune Staff Report


The SAAB organization launches "SAAB Toledo Book Club": The SAAB Toledo Book Club was established by Dr. Bledsoe to promote "Readership" amongst our young males of color based on evidence of many studies that suggest this population struggles in the area of reading. Research has also shown that reading as a teen leads to success. When teens read more than just their classroom assignments, the literature clearly shows that they generally do much better academically and expand their vocabularies. It also shows them how different writers express their thoughts, which then leads to better writing skills. Studies show that teens who read more serious literary works gain skills in handling complex ideas.

The more teens read, the more information they pick up. Another big dividend of promoting reading as a teen is a good score on the verbal section of a college admissions test. No other activity builds the vocabulary and comprehension skills needed to do well on these tests as much as reading.

Besides helping our students do well in school, we also strive to help them expand their horizons as they learn more about people and the world. Enhance reading skills show them that everyone has problems in his or her life and reading can even help them see solutions to their own problems. We think the book club will be enjoyable and will bring a great deal of pleasure to the students who are involved.

Dr. Bledsoe pictured with book club members from Toledo Public middle and high schools.