Foundation for the Mid South announces “Males of Color: Cultivating Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”

 UAPB, other service organizations awarded $200,000 to improve quality of life for Males of Color

FMS _LOGOS _red_brownThe Foundation for the Mid South is proud to partner with Pine Bluff organizations in identifying challenges and addressing opportunities for males of color. The groups are ensuring that males are preparing for college or careers. The groups include: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pine Bluff AR Alumnae Chapter; Ivy Center for Education, Incorporated; Junior Leadership Pine Bluff; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Pine Bluff AR Alumnae Chapter; and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). The free, public event will take place Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. around the W.E. O’Bryant Bell Tower on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s campus.

The Foundation for the Mid South understands that assessing and addressing the disparities among males of color is critical. Quality of life measures for black males in the region are of great concern, specifically graduation rates and employment. The purpose of this initiative is to support efforts that strive to improve outcomes by addressing high school graduation rates, college preparedness, and career readiness. Our objective is to connect with existing programs and services that support males of color and to identify successful strategies and lessons learned that can be replicated in new communities.

“As leaders, we must take proactive steps to undo the barriers that impede males of color as they strive toward pathways to opportunity and success,” says Ivye L. Allen, Foundation for the Mid South President. “Our expected outcome is to improve academic performance and greater connectivity to college and career opportunities for Pine Bluff males of color.

About the Foundation for the Mid South

The Foundation for the Mid South is a regional foundation dedicated to improving lives and expanding knowledge in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Foundation seeks to increase opportunities for residents and communities by supporting and strengthening the knowledge and skills of the organizations and individuals working to bring about change. The Foundation supports efforts that ensure high-quality education; promote physical and mental health; build financial security; and enable communities to grow and prosper. For more information about the Foundation for the Mid South, visit http://www.fndmidsouth.org

About University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a historically black university located in Pine BluffArkansasUnited States. Founded in 1873, it is the oldest HBCU and the second oldest public institution in the state of Arkansas (after the University of Arkansas). UAPB is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is known popularly by its moniker the “Flagship of the Delta. For more information about the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), visit http://www.uapb.edu

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