COSEBOC conducts programs designed to identify, celebrate and/or pilot promising practices for educating boys and young men of color:
The COSEBOC School Awards are designed to recognize and reward preK-12 schools nationwide that have strong track records of academic achievement amongst their male students of color. Selected schools receive a $10,000 unrestricted grant. We encourage others to learn from the promising practices of these successful schools.
To apply, at least 25% of a school's students must be male students of color (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, Native American, Multi-racial, etc.) and the academic achievement of its male students of color must be at least equal to the academic achievement of all students in its state. District, charter and private; coed and single gender schools are invited to apply. A school need not be a member of COSEBOC to submit an application nor will membership be considered during the selection process.
The Sankofa Passages Program is a school-based mentoring program that aims to increase attendance and graduation rates and post-secondary college/career success in high school male students of color. Key characteristics of the program include:
The program currently operates in seven public middle and high schools and one charter school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.