The Need to Succeed: Closing Omaha's Black Male Achievement Gap
THE NEED TO SUCCEED
Closing Omaha's Black Male Achievement Gap
Inspired by POV's documentary AMERICAN PROMISE
NET Learning Services is presenting a special program in the series, The State of Education in Nebraska — The Need to Succeed: Closing Omaha's Black Male Achievement Gap, hosted in April at the Omaha Home for Boys' Wurdeman Learning Center by Willie Barney, President and facilitator of the Omaha Empowerment Network.
|In April of 2014, a coalition of NET Learning Services and community partners in Omaha created a televised Town Hall event centering on a broadcast of the acclaimed 90-minute POV documentary film, American Promise. The dialogue focused on the challenges facing young African-American men as they navigate life, school and social situations. The Need to Succeed identifies some of the issues within the Omaha community, but also what can be done to overcome these obstacles to create a brighter future for youth in one of the state’s most challenging educational environments.|
|The documentary, American Promise, tells the story of two middle-class African-American students as they make their way through a prestigious private school in New York, chronicling their divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation. The April film screening was followed by group discussions of the complicated questions American Promise raises about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity as well as issues surrounding African-American male achievement in Omaha.|
As a special community outreach effort, the partners hosted an American Promise Tour with Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, parents of the young men in the film as well as creators of the documentary. The filmmakers came to Omaha on August 22nd and 23rd to host workshops with educators, community members, and young people. They also autographed the documentary's companion book, Promises Kept at several Omaha bookstores and libraries.
American Promise Tour
Never Give Up
Byron: Positive Male Role Models
Gerald: Work Hard, Believe in Yourself
Colin: Importance of Encouragement & Education
The project is made possible by a grant from American Documentary/POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, ITVS, and the National Black Programming Consortium.
The program is hosted by the following partners:
|American Graduate is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in partnership with America's Promise Alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.|