The C.H.A.M.P.S. (Culturally Helping And Making Positive Success) Male Mentoring Program offers a culturally sensitive approach to developing the mindsets of African American and Latino young men. Based in Chicago, Illinois, founder Vondale Singleton looks to take the program's success and expand it here to Tulsa.
“We create opportunities, remove barriers, and provide healthy spaces for young men of color to be able to access information they wouldn’t likewise get in an academic setting,” said Vondale. “Essentially what we are doing with mentoring is paying it forward. We have an obligation to go back and give the blueprint of success to the next generation.”
C.H.A.M.P.S. focuses on the 3 E’s; Education, Empowerment and Exposure. So far, the program has been able to provide these things to thousands of youth throughout the city of Chicago. Partnering with several organizations, corporations, schools, and churches C.H.A.M.P.S. kids have gotten the opportunity to do amazing things, such as travel to China with Dwayne Wade, visit President Obama in the White House, fly to the Nike headquarters, and much more.
“We have found that consistency is the key and breakthrough for true mentorship to take place,” said Vondale. “The hope is to expand this program to Tulsa Public Schools and partner with those individuals who will be boots on the ground and provide constant support to these young men.”
One of those individuals Vondale is referring to is Jamaal Dyer, and he has begun digging his boots deep in the surface. Jamaal is the Student Success Coordinator for Tulsa Public Schools. He has been searching for a way to provide this exact kind of exposure to our students and felt C.H.A.M.P.S. was the perfect fit.
“I chose C.H.A.M.P.S. because after looking at data I noticed that a lot of our African American and Latinx young men are facing challenges and the C.H.A.M.P.S. curriculum will help them work towards being successful young men in school and their communities,” said Jamaal.
Tulsa Public Schools has begun focusing heavily on the social and emotional wellbeing of our students. This partnership works hand in hand with the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) approach the district is moving toward. The C.H.A.M.P.S. curriculum is built on the SEL platform.
“This program will work with the young men in the following areas: Self–Awareness, which will help them identify their emotions, have accurate self-perception, recognize their strengths and have self-confidence. This program will also provide the young men an opportunity to work on self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making,” said Jamaal.
The program will launch at five schools this semester: Central, McLain, Memorial Jr. High, Monroe and Rogers, and program leaders hope to expand to other sites next year. According to Jamaal, the future goal is to have a C.H.A.M.P.S. program embedded at every secondary site.
In mid-January, C.H.A.M.P.S. founder Vondale Singleton brought a team to Tulsa to train and collaborate with the program leaders of the pilot schools. The training was successful, and each school has begun planning and implementing C.H.A.M.P.S. into their school.
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If you have any questions, you can contact Jamaal Dyer.