We have documented outcomes that far surpass City numbers:
- Harlem’s teenaged pregnancy rate is 15% – our members have a rate of less than 2%.
- In NYC the general high school graduation rate of 70%; while the Schott Foundation found that the graduation rate of Black and Latino boys is 34%. Over 40% of Black men between the ages of 18-65 in New York City are unemployed.
- 90% of our alumni have graduated from high school, 95% either graduated from high school or earned their GED and 95% are working full time or enrolled in college whereas the similarly situated population in West Harlem, 18-25, has a 40% rate of either working full time or being enrolled in college.
- With regards to issues of criminality and morality – after 20 years none of our members or alumni members are incarcerated and less than 1% have a felony conviction.
Alumni Graduated High School/ Earned GED
Received High School Degree
Whereas the high school graduation rate in New York City is 70%, in Harlem the graduation rate is 42%, and
the Schott Foundation found that the graduation rate of Black and Latino boys is New York City 34%.
Critical Decision Making
Bro/Sis Teenage Pregnancy Rate
Bro/Sis Members Incarcerated and less than 1% have a felony conviction
Whereas Harlem’s teenage pregnancy rate is 15%.
Whereas one out of three Black males, ages 20-29 are under supervision of the prison system –
incarcerated, on probation or on parole.
Employment and Moving from Poverty
Alum Enrolled in College/Working Full-Time
Whereas 30% of youth in Harlem, ages 18-25,
are either enrolled in college or employed full-time.
We have established a set of long-range goals for our members, which are based in reaching our “Theory of Change”.
Our programming engages, empowers, and builds the next generation of leaders that can make a positive impact in their communities today. Through participating in our programs, members:
- Develop a personal self-definition that encompasses respect for themselves, their family and the larger community.
- Gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for their cultural and historical legacy as Black and Latinx people.
- Develop into critical thinkers who can analyze personal and societal issues and who are committed to self and community development.
- Broaden their knowledge of social issues and increase their participation in community activities.
- Find their creative voice.
- Develop a powerful sense of self-worth and belief in their ability to achieve.
- Improve their academic performance and develop a lifelong love of learning.
- Increase their involvement in the workforce, internships and travel.
- Learn the life skills essential for survival and success.
- Create a personal testimony of their values, beliefs, and goals that reflects an understanding of their moral responsibility to others.
- Refrain from addiction and avoid incarceration
- Graduate from high school, attend college or gain long term and secure employment
- Avoid teenage pregnancy and learn responsible parenting