Underachievement is occurring among all young males, regardless of ethnicity. With that said, the risk factors for underachievement are most pronounced among minority males. By 2020 the combined minority population in grades K-12 will exceed the white population.2 By 2050 Hispanics will comprise a majority of the US population. Yet today among males, only 28% of African Americans, 24% of Native Americans and Pacific Islanders and 16% of Hispanic Americans have at least an associate degree.3
The Boys Initiative is responding. Taking up the challenge of the College Board's report, we have launched Minority Male Youth 2050. The project is a cooperative endeavor among organizations and stakeholders in male minority youth. The purpose of the endeavor is to 1) exchange and collect information on solution-focused research and demonstration projects that enhance minority male achievement; 2) develop and support recommendations for rese'arch, best practices and "what works"; and 3) facilitate pilot projects and advocacy efforts based on "what works."