This document evaluates a pilot project in Wake County (North Carolina) to improve the achievement of at-risk black male students in grades 6-8 by linking them with supportive black adult-male role models from both the school and the community. The project is designed to overcome the following developmental barriers: (1) lack of a male role model; (2) confused relationships with females; (3) low school involvement; and (4) poor skills development. Students are targeted on the basis of declining achievement test scores, but they must demonstrate potential for academic success and the personal strength to resist negative influences. Each student is matched with a "personal model," a black male educator who develops a plan to improve the student's school work in cooperation with the student's parents and teachers, and a "community model," an employed black male who focuses on developing peer relationships, success at school, and leadership. The following evaluation results are reported: (1) 88 percent of the participants maintained enrollment and regular attendance in the program; (2) 87 percent of the participants maintained or improved their conduct; (3) 88 percent of the participants identified and met one or more behavior and/or performance goals weekly; (4) 95 percent of the participants improved their school attendance; and (5) 65 percent of the participants maintained or improved their academic performance. Brief profiles of five participants and a participant identification form are appended. (FMW)
Separate "Executive Summary" of project is appended.