APClogo022316Monroe College created the AIMHigh Empowerment Institute (AIMHigh EI) in the fall of 2014 to counter troubling national statistics regarding the weak enrollment – and even weaker program completion rates – for urban young men of color. Through AIM (Ambition, Inspiration, and Motivation) High EI, select students acquire the skills, confidence, and perspective to effectively transform their lives through education.

Inductees participate in twice-weekly mentoring sessions where they receive guidance on academics, job skills, personal conduct and character, and are counseled on how best to manage any personal challenges. They visit local schools to inspire others and engage in myriad community outreach and volunteering projects to learn accountability and responsibility. A full 90 percent of AIMHigh EI students were still actively enrolled one year later – a retention rate nearly double the national trend, with 12 percent of them making the dean’s or president’s list.

“Monroe College is a national leader in educating urban and international students, and through this transformative program, we have shown that we can change the trajectory of at-risk students’ lives and make a meaningful impact on their futures,” said Dr. Cecil Wright, dean of admissions and founder of Male Empowerment at Monroe College. “As educators and members of the community, we view it as our responsibility to help young men find the competence, confidence, and character they need to truly thrive and lead meaningful, productive lives.”

Monroe College has approximately 7,000 students and 1,100 faculty and staff members, with campuses in the Bronx and New Rochelle. It also has an extension site in Queens.

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