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I Am My Brother’s Keeper: The Impact of a Brother2Brother Program on African American Men in College

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Author(s): Maristella Zell

Journal: Journal of African American Males in Education
ISSN 2153-9065

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 214;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: African American | Black | Males | Education | Black Male Initiatives

ABSTRACT
This qualitative study focuses on the perceived effects that Brother2Brother (B2B) peer groups had on African American male college students in the Chicago area. Students’ perception of their educational and personal experiences, commitment to scholastic achievement, and integration into the campus environment were highlighted. Seven focus groups with members of B2B chapters yielded six themes: Academic Motivation, Personal Presentation, Validation of Emerging Skills, Personal Growth, Ethic of Collaboration, and Rewarded through Accountability. These themes demonstrated the importance of supporting the development of African American male collegians’ non-cognitive skills. Implications for educators and recommendations for higher education institutions are discussed.
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