MIAMI GARDENS — The Florida Memorial University (FMU) Black Male College Explorers Program (BMCEP) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from AT&T that will help underwrite tutoring services, staff and activities geared toward one purpose: enhancing the skills and life trajectory of black male students.
Established in 1992, BMCEP at FMU is designed to assist 40 talented and disadvantaged young black males annually in the Miami-Dade County Public School System who are at risk of dropping out of school, becoming unemployable and/or ending up in the criminal-justice system.
The program has a proven track record of increasing the number of participants who graduate from high school and college, officials say, and also offers a five-week residential component that focuses on academic, cultural and recreational programs and activities.
BMCEP boasts a 100-percent high-school graduation rate and helps usher participants into college or the workforce. The grant helps support and strengthen a vital constituency, officials said.
“At FMU, we refuse to believe the notion that ‘not all people’ are college material,” said Kareem Coney, BMCEP director.
For more information contact Kareem Coney at:
Kareem.Coney@FMUiv.edu or 305-626-3108.