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, or dropping out. They are less likely gain admission into academic honors programs or to enroll in college.
In August 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the launch of the Young Men’s Initiative, a combination of new New York City-based 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 invested in this effort, $24 million has been invested in 40 NYC high schools participating in the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), which addresses one of the key goals of the initiative: reducing the achievement gap, particularly in college readiness.
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 research questions:
Preparing Black and Latino Young Men for College and Careers: A Description of the Schools and Strategies in NYC’s Expanded Success Initiative, Klevan, Sarah, Adriana Villavicencio, and Suzanne Wulach (November 2013).
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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