“As far as the transition from high school to college, nobody in my family went to college. All of it is foreign. I couldn’t look to anyone for advice,” said Nate, one of the young men of color interviewed for The Education Trust-West’s new report Hear My Voice: Strengthening the College Pipeline for Young Men of Color in California.
Because almost one of every three K-12 public school students in California is a boy or young man of color, the success of this population is critical; however, currently only 76 percent of Latino boys and 67 percent of Black boys graduate from high school. The data on college entry and college graduation is even more dismal.
Closer examination reveals the systemic obstacles that drive these results. Ed Trust-West reports that boys and young men of color are:
- more likely than their peers to attend schools lacking basic resources (science labs, extracurricular programs, counselors, and health services),
- less likely to be enrolled in college prep courses, even when they are at schools that offer them, and
- more likely to be suspended and expelled.
To uncover the best practices of institutions producing better results, Ed Trust-West conducted interviews and site visits at high schools, community colleges, and four-year universities with higher than average academic outcomes for young men of color. Coupled with existing research, they offer dozens of recommendations for K-12 school leaders, postsecondary school leaders, and state policymakers about additional supports and services that can help boys and young men of color succeed.