There is also heavy emphasis on working with the younger boys to avert the dropout crisis. The segment switched gears and profiled a charter school not far from Skyline High. The 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community School’s 75 enrolled students are almost all African American. Dr. Mark Alexander, board chairman of the school, spoke about his devotion to the mission.
“I grew up in very, very tough situations. I used to fight a lot,” said Alexander. “I used to get suspended. And so I see a lot of myself in these boys. And I see the genius in a lot of these kids. I know that it only takes a few people to just give someone the encouragement that they need to really thrive.”
The Office of African-American Male Achievement said that while gains have been made in Oakland and across the state, there are further obstacles to overcome ahead.
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