Who We Are

Mission Statement

To educate our Scholars for eligibility, admission and success at four-year institutions of higher learning and to prepare them to enter high-skilled career fields. Our Scholars are encouraged to be reflective, independent, resourceful, responsible, and productive citizens, able to obtain future education, pursue high skill employment, to give back to their community, and to becoming leaders.

Vision Statement

Young Scholars envisions a world where equity and inclusion exists for Young Men of Color in their quest to become educated leaders in the global world. The Young Scholars Program will lead the Educational Movement to increase Young Men of Color’s access, retention and persistence in Higher Education.

What We Believe

The Young Scholars Program believes that a hard working student who has a strong belief in his academic abilities can successfully navigate the waters of college preparation and matriculate to college.

If Post-Secondary Institutions are willing to accept institutional accountability for student achievement by providing the proper support and resources, the number of Young Men of Color matriculating and graduating from college will increase. By promoting a student’s belief in his academic abilities and the importance of education, we improve the odds for high school graduation and ensure steps toward post-secondary education and degree attainment.

Young Scholars Statistics

In the past six years:

  • 100% of our Scholars are eligible for admission to college
  • 98% of our Scholars matriculate to college
  • 74% graduate within a 4 year period, beating the nation’s average of 54% within a 6 year period
  • 94% graduate within a 5 year period
  • 65% pursue graduate school or professional degrees

Performance and Social Objectives

As a result of participating in the Young Scholars Program, Scholars will be: 

  • Able to efficiently manage time and materials
  • Aware of one’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Able to engage in goal-directed behavior, including initiating behaviors
  • Able to monitor and evaluate performance in relation to one’s goals
  • Able to flexibly revise plans and strategically solve problems
  • Able to initiate conversation within an academic or social setting
  • Able to understand and correctly perform the rules of social etiquette