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Bethune-Cookman University’s Black Male College Explorers Program

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Mentoring programs such as  Explorers are a major part of efforts to steer more black men to college. The Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys is recommending mentoring programs in all schools by 2012.

Hosea Crooms, Jr. stands when he speaks. He looks his audience in the eye.

He delivers words with the passion of a preacher and the confidence of a lawyer, the latter of which he indeed wants to be — after a successful football career. The Atlantic High School sophomore talks of going to Florida A&M University or Harvard.

“When I started here in sixth grade, I was rough around the edges, kind of like sandpaper,” Crooms said, wearing a blue pinstripe suit, vest and tie on a recent Saturday morning.

Now the 16-year-old quarterback of the champion Brain Bowl team is a rising star who’s recruiting other boys to join him at Bethune-Cookman University’s Black Male College Explorers Program.

Boys in sixth through 12th grades meet in a classroom on campus, analyze the news, get tutored on their schoolwork and learn to play the Royal Game — chess. In addition to meeting on Saturdays during the school year, the program also has a summer component, where students like Hosea get an opportunity to focus on academics and learn more about colleges and universities.

Read more like Brian who having problems in school but now is two grades above his peers in math at Daytona News-Journal


Written by Symphony

January 27, 2008 at 9:48 am

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  1. how do i GET involved in this

    curtis mitchell

    February 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm

  2. Hey Curtis, at Bethune Cookman you can contact:

    Dr. Fredrick Milton
    Title: Director- black Male College Explorers
    Office Location: Financial Aid
    Office Phone: 386-481-2502


    February 8, 2008 at 2:24 am

    • my name is patrick neals and i was wondering if it is to late to apply


      May 20, 2009 at 7:41 pm

      • No, it is never to late join. I am a member and I see new faces every time I go.

        Nathan Anthony

        March 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

  3. Tanisha, I need to speak with you. It is now March 1 at 7:30 pm. Please contact me by email. Thanks!

    Phyllis Salmons

    March 1, 2008 at 7:27 pm

  4. I would like to learn more about this program. I am currently a 7th grade student in Cincinnati, Ohio. I would like to receive some information in the mail about the Black Male College Explorers Program.

    Joshua Blankumsee

    March 15, 2008 at 1:48 pm

  5. I could not agree with you more

    photographe professionnel

    October 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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