SAAB Organization News 2012

SAAB is featured in a new report "Men of Color: A Role for Policymakers in Improving the Status of Black Male Students in U.S. Higher Education" Over the past several years, a wide variety of groups, from foundations to think tanks to national leaders, have collectively advanced an aggressive agenda focused on improving college completion and increasing postsecondary degree attainment rates among Americans. Read Full Report - SAAB on page 7.


Leadership & Sustainability Institute for Black Male Achievement: The Leadership & Sustainability Institute for Black Male Achievement is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors committed to improving the life outcomes and systemic change for black men and boys. Take advantage of reading up on their latest Newsletter.


OMG features SAAB Diverse Issues in Higher Education article: "No less than 2 out of every five Black and Latino men enroll in college, but few finish. SAAB is highlighted in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education for their success with increasing the graduation rate among Black and Latino men." Read full article . . .


Dr. Bledsoe was honored with an invitation to join the National Summit on African American Males. Following President Obama's recent executive order creating a White House initiative focusing on African-American education, Council of the Great City Schools and U.S. Department of Education held a National Summit on Educational Excellence and Opportunity for African American Males in August, 2012. Livestream:


Summit Aimed to Empower Minority Male Students to Succeed in School and Life: Ten young men, all African American and Latino students, stood in front of an audience of about 600 of their high school and college peers during the California State University, Dominguez Hills Male Success Alliance Third Annual Spring Summit held in the Loker Student Union ballroom on April 24 as part of an exercise to illustrate a point: the odds against male students of color completing high school or college are staggering. Read the full article . . .


OMG's latest issue brief discusses University/Community Partnerships for Urban Revitalization  consulting with The Knight Foundation on its investments in University / Community Partnerships. For decades, urban universities focused inward, shielding themselves from the impact of the long-term disinvestment that destroyed their neighboring communities. Today in many cities, universities have been realizing that their own success is tied to that of their neighbors, and have formed partnerships with their neighboring communities to jointly drive urban revitalization. Read the Translating Complexity Into Effective Practice report.


The 8th Annual SAAB National Conference: SAAB National Headquarters would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and thank our speakers, presenters, advisors and students for contributing to a very successful and well-attended conference. More than 650 individuals joined us for the SAAB Experience in Indianapolis, Indiana with more than 70 schools and universities represented. We are grateful for the time devoted to attend the conference, as well as for your ever increasing commitment increasing opportunities for males of color. Thank You All For Your Continued Support!

The following Chapters received National Recognition for Exemplary Accomplishments:
  Georgia Highlands College Chapter of the Year
  Georgia Southern University Stellar Award
  Miami Dade County Public Schools Multi-District Award
  Stony Brook University Stellar Award
  Toledo Public Schools District of the Year
  University of Toledo Heart Of A Champion

No Man Left Behind: SAAB is featured in the Convergence: Diversity and Inclusion, March 15, 2012 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. This winter, Jacobbie Watts, a young man from Lexington, Ky., enrolled at the College of New Rochelle School of New Resources to study business and education. “I want to get a ‘good’ job,” he said enthusiastically. “I have worked since graduation from high school, but only in low-paying jobs where I could not see a future beyond the position that I was in. Getting a college education means better living, success, higher self-esteem and probably relieves a little stress.” Read full article on page 20 . . .


The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded a SAAB Initiative to increase high school graduation rates and college access for at least 90 African American male students by extending the Student African American Brotherhood's network to high schools in Akron, Macon, and Miami. Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe added "SAAB is extremely pleased to partner with the Knight Foundation on this very important initiative addressing issues impacting young males of color around the country." SAAB organization is referenced in the recent "Black Male Student Success in Higher Education: A Report from the National Black Male College Achievement Study." A report from the National Black Male College Achievement Study: From the Selected Works of Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D.  January 2012. Read the "Venues for Brotherly Bonding and Peer Support" article.


Black, Brown & College Bound: Meeting the Challenge of Higher Education - “And Still We Rise: Turning Hurdles into Triumphs for African American and Latino Males": Dr. Bledsoe will be presenting for this Annual Summit hosted by Hillsborough Community College February 29 - March 3, 2012 to be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa Bay, Florida. Please visit the BBCB website for more info. Also check out the video clip of Dr. Bledsoe's presentation!


The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color hosts their 6th Annual Gathering of Leaders entitled "Great Schools Are Not an Accident: Successful Learning Communities for Boys and Young Men of Color" April 26 - 28, 2012 • North Carolina Central University • Durham, North Carolina. Visit their website to learn more:


National Coalition for College Completion Announces Nationwide Mobilization: Diverse organizations speak out about need to focus on helping students finish college, not just get in Washington, D.C. – In response to our nation’s urgent need for more college graduates, a broad coalition of organizations announced the launch of the National Coalition for College Completion. Led by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), the coalition is a group of leaders from outside the education space, including business, civil rights, community-based, and student and youth advocacy organizations, ranging from SAAB, CEOs for Cities and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, to the National Urban League and Read Full Press Release . . .