Program Encourages Black Teens To Go To College

DENVER (CBS4) – A new program is encouraging African-American teenagers to go to college.

The Black Male Initiative held its first summit Friday morning on the University of Denver campus. CBS4’s Evrod Cassimy was one of the speakers.

Topics included dropout rate statistics, the college experience and how to be successful in high school and beyond.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock helped kick off the event.

“The state of African-American men today in this nation requires us to really tune in and recognize we’ve got to change some trends here. We’ve got to be educated. We’ve got to be prepared to lead our communities in the work force as well as in our homes,” Hancock said.

Students learned what kind of grades they need to get into college, what it costs, and the effect college can have on future salaries.

They’re now encouraged to create a plan and strategy for a successful future.

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