The Men of Color High School Outreach Program was created in the fall of 2006 to aid young adults in predominately African-American high schools. The initial idea was to go to area high schools and speak to students about issues affecting the black community in New Orleans. Some of these issues are crime, politics, housing, and college planning. The hope is that through proactive and informative discussions about these topics, the high school students will form a more concrete understanding of these issues. In regards to college planning, the hope is to motivate the students into attending college and graduating with a degree.
This semester we have talked to students at McDonough 35 as well as conducted a voter registration drive at the high school. While at McDonough 35, we emphasized the importance of voting and urged students who were eligible to vote to become registered voters in their community. Also, we stress the importance of going to college and discussed other issues regarding Katrina-related organizations such as FEMA.
Furthermore, MOC members are involved in both Upward Bound and Big Brother/Big Sister where our members engage in both tutoring and mentoring students of all ages.