Black Male College Explorers Program

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Pre-College Outreach Programs Mission

The primary mission of the Pre-College Outreach Programs at Florida Memorial University is to facilitate programs and service to enhance the opportunity for students in Middle and High School to complete high school, earn a college degree, and find meaningful employment or pursue graduate studies.

Goals and Objectives

The goals of the program are to increase the amount of Black Males graduating from high school, facilitate their admission to college, and significantly increase their chances of earning a college degree.

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Program Highlights and Accomplishments

  • 100% high school graduation rate
  • 100% high school graduates attending college
  • 83% high school graduates attended a Historically Black College/University
  • 67% high school graduates attended Florida Memorial College
    Retention rate increased from 72% to 89%
  • Average SAT score – 966
  • Average high school GPA – 2.67
  • Received over $33,000 in support of its program by ways of sponsorships, grants, and donations
  • Parent Advisory Committee raised nearly $1,000 during Christmas Community Service Program (not including donation drive)
  • Established a series of Parent Workshops that prepared and encouraged parents on how to help their children succeed
  • B.M.C.E. sponsored its first Spring College Tour (Tour 2000) for 11th and 12th grade high school students
  • Raised nearly $70,000 in support of its programs, by way of sponsorships, grants and donations
  • Will graduate its largest number of high school seniors this year (16 males/6 females). All participants have been accepted to college and are scheduled to enter in Fall 2000
  • Successfully produced informative newsletters for the B.M.C.E./Heads-Up and Shepherd Watch Mentoring Programs

Tutoring Program (bi-weekly) African American Entrepreneurship Symposium SAT practice test College Night Black History Program Christmas Community Service Program Raised over $12,000 in sponsorships from foundations and corporations (not including parent advisory donation drive)


BMCEP to enroll 80 youth in program Heads-Up to enroll 65 youth in program Establish a mentoring program for BMCEP / Heads-Up Programs Establish a series of parent workshops Develop and operate the Shepherd Watch Mentoring Program (with secured funds under PSP model)

Fact Sheet

Florida Memorial University’s “Black Male College Explorers Program” is an at risk intervention program designed specifically for Black Males. High schools and middle schools are asked to identify “At-Risk” Black Males in grades 7th-12th. A team of school and community leaders provides supportive services for the students during the regular school year. Florida Memorial University provides six weeks of highly concentrated developmental experiences during the summer while students live on campus. An appropriate number of high school and college professors are hired to teach S.T.E.M. subjects that include, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Personal growth and developmental activities are provided through weekly seminars and workshops.


The goals of the program are to increase the amount of Black Males graduating from high school, facilitate their admission to college, and significantly increase their chances of earning a college degree.

  • A middle school or high school Black Male in grades 7th –12th.
  • A depressed grade point average that does not adequately represent the potential of the student.
  • A history of disciplinary problems or the propensity to display irregular behavior.
  • An expressed interest in the program.
  • A willingness to consider post-secondary education after high school.
  • Any unique situation/problem that makes a student potentially at-risk.
Program Objectives:
  • To decrease the disproportionate number of illiterate Black Males.
  • To decrease the number of Black Males dropouts from high school.
  • To decrease the number of Black Males suspended or expelled from school for disciplinary reasons.
  • To decrease the number of Black Males unemployed and/or under-employed.
  • To decrease the steady decline in the rate of Black Males who enter and complete college, as a viable alternative for improving their quality of life.

The following component of services will be provided to students:

Phase One:
  • Academic support activities.
  • Personal developmental seminars
  • Mentoring
  • Career exploration and planning seminars
  • College orientation and motivational activities
Phase Two:
  • Five (5) weeks of academic experimental instruction.
  • Five (5) weeks of college residential life.
  • Lodging, food, books, and classroom materials
  • Transportation to and from Florida Memorial University.
  • Summer matriculation for 9th –12th grade students.
Projected Goals-Outcomes:

The successful attainment of the following program is projected:

  • Seventy-five percent of the participants will have a .5 percent increase in their
  • grade point average (GPA).
  • Ninety percent of the participants will meet the minimum requirements for college prior to high school graduation.
  • Ninety percent of the participants will graduate from high school.
  • Eighty percent of the graduates will enroll in either technical school or college.
  • Ten percent of the participants will enter the work force.
  • Eighty percent of the participants will demonstrate favorable changes I attitude and behavior.

A collaborative partnership will be formed by teachers, guidance counselors, the business community, social service organizations, and parents to promote the attainment of the program’s goals. Goals will be measured by observation, student academic performance and achievement, standardize test scores, pre/post assessment test, and pre/post attitude surveys.

Contact Information:

Devon Marrett, Director
Black Male College Explorers Program
(954) 780-6655

BMCE Summer Institute Program

The Summer Institute is a 2-week program on the campus of FMU to endeavor in academic enrichment, professional development, social skills and will give young men a “preview” of what it feels like to be a college student. Weekly seminars and workshops include S.T.E.M. subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), along with personal growth activities.

The BMCE Summer Institute Program program will take place Monday, June 12-Friday, June 23, 2023 from 8:00 A.M – 4 P.M.