Across the nation, African-American males are underperforming academically at such troubling levels that the situation has been labeled a "national catastrophe" by the Council of the Great City Schools.
In Cincinnati — despite overall district progress in raising academic results and graduation rates — African-American males mirror the national trend. And, they are not alone. Male students, as a whole, are underperforming in Cincinnati Public Schools.
In 2011, CPS created "We Need M.O.R.E. - Men Organized, Respectful and Educated," an initiative designed to nurture academic success and strong character development among African-American and other at-risk young men in the district. The program at Cincinnati Public Schools now is funded through the federal Race to the Top grant.
For the 2013-14 school year, the M.O.R.E. program is in 14 Cincinnati Public Schools (eight elementary and six high schools).
CPS' M.O.R.E. program is garnering national attention. On April 10, 2014, David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, visited Cincinnati’s Shroder High School and talked with a dozen students and their leaders involved in CPS’ MORE program.
A Call For Change: The social and educational factors contributing to the outcomes of black males in urban schools.
M.O.R.E.'s goals are to strategically support and promote measurable improvements in:
- Academic achievement
- Promotion rates
- Graduation rates
- College readiness
Young Men's Clubs
We Need M.O.R.E created Young Men's Clubs within several Cincinnati Public Schools. Each Young Men's Club includes after-school programming, as well as monthly and quarterly enrichment opportunities.
M.O.R.E.'s approach is greater than academics, adding emphases on developing strong character that will benefit young men throughout their lives. Content includes:
- Academic support
- Social skills development
- College and career awareness
- Financial literacy
- Good citizenship
- Health and wellness
How You Can Help
We need partners and leaders who are willing to offer supportive programs, personal time and/or financial donations. If interested, please complete this interest form to let us know how you or your organization could support our efforts to address the unique challenges of African-American and other at-risk male students in Cincinnati Public Schools.
Submit your interest form as follows:
E-mail: William Johnson, District M.O.R.E. Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: Office of Innovation, Cincinnati Public Schools, P.O. Box 5381, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381
FAX: (513) 363-0679
Questions: Contact William Johnson, (513) 363-0093
Would you like to support "We Need M.O.R.E." financially?
Your donations are used to enhance programs and to purchase special attire (such as business shirts and ties) for our young men. All donations are tax deductible.
Financial contributions: Make checks payable to Cincinnati Public Schools, and mail to William Johnson, Cincinnati Public Schools, Office of Innovation, P.O. Box 5381, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381. Secure online donations may be made through PayPal.