“Sistas Teaching and Raising Sons”


Project Goal: Empower single mothers to provide equitable outcomes for their sons through school readiness, early literacy, and positive self-concept activities.  As a community based engagement project, S.T.A.R.S. will create a support system to address education support and advocacy, social and emotional wellness, and financial literacy.

Critical Facts:

§  70% of African American children are raised by a single mother. A large percentage of these children are male. Often these male children do not have a lot of contact with their fathers.

§  Black males account for 8.62% of total enrollment in the nation's elementary and secondary schools, but account for 21.69% of total expulsions.

§  42% percent of all Black boys have failed an entire grade at least once.

§  The national average high school graduation rate for Black boys is 47%.

§  Nearly six of 10 children living with only their mother were near (or below) the poverty line.

§  Of the 19 million children of single parents, two thirds live in rented homes.

§  Mississippi has an 11% Black/White Gap in graduation rates

§  Black males have the highest death rate from all causes and highest death rates from cancer, cardiovascular disease and homicides.

§  Black males have the second lowest life expectancy at birth second only to Native American men

Statistics cited from: Raising Him Alone©, Campaign for Grade Level Reading, The Urgency of Now

Monthly support and engagement meetings are held on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. in the College of Education, Lecture Room 100.  Child care services and dinner are provided.