BOSTON – Framingham High senior Willie Brou spoke to Massachusetts legislators and the Massachusetts Commission of Education Carlos Santiago yesterday, April 4.
A member of the Class of 2018, Brou, spoke about college access and college affordability and his experience with the 100 Males to College program.
Brou, a member of the Framingham High wrestling team that won the Bay State Conference this past season, was accepted to every school he applied to.
100 Males to College was created in 2015 to increase college access, enrollment, retention, and success for low-income males and males of color and particularly young, low-income Latino and African American men so that their prospects for success in college and career are more attainable.
Santiago launched it at Framingham High and Keefe Technical High School in Framingham in 2015.
“We’re launching 100 Males to College programs here in Framingham and in communities across the state because we need all students, regardless of race, gender or economic status, to see college as an essential part of their future,” said Santiago in 2015. “At a time when Massachusetts employers face critical shortages of college graduates, it is both an economic imperative and a matter of social justice that we help more young men achieve the dream of a higher education and the chance to pursue a career of their choice.”
100 Males to College program provides comprehensive support structure to a cohort of 100 young male students to help them successfully graduate from high school, gain entry to college and earn a post-secondary degree. The support structure is an asset-based youth development model that embraces culture, identity and community.
One hundred male sophomore and junior students from Framingham High School and Keefe Technical High School were identified and selected to participate in the program in 2015, which is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Commission of Education’s office