About The Expanded Success Initiative (ESI)
Nationwide, Black and Latino males are more likely than their peers to experience numerous negative educational outcomes, such as being suspended or expelled from school, being held back a grade, or dropping out. They are less likely gain admission into academic honors programs, to graduate from high school, or to enroll in college.
In August 2011, New York City launched the Young Men’s Initiative, a combination of new programs and policy reforms designed to mitigate the higher rates of poverty, incarceration, and unemployment among young Black and Latino men. Of the $127 million being invested in this effort, $24 million is dedicated to the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), which aims to increase college readiness and other key outcomes for Black and Latino male students in the City. A substantial part of that funding is going to supporting the development and expansion of programming in 40 NYC high schools, with the ultimate goal of identifying and disseminating successful practices that might be scaled up to other schools across the district.
About Our Evaluation
The Research Alliance, in collaboration with MDRC, is undertaking a mixed-method longitudinal evaluation of ESI. Our study aims to answer the following questions:
Key Staff & Collaborators
Adriana Villavicencio, Michael Segeritz, Lori Nathanson, Sarah Klevan, Brandon Guidry, Suzanne Wulach, Camille Lafayette, Jasmine Soltani, Dyuti Bhattacharya, Crystal Byndloss (MDRC), Rekha Balu (MDRC), and William Corrin (MDRC).
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