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Empowering Males of Color

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Mission Statement

Empowering Males of Color in DCPS is an aligned effort by the District of Columbia Public Schools to identify and assess current challenges and successes of PK – 12 Black and Latino males. We will collaborate with the community, as well as school & district leaders to implement effective strategies to enhance the student experience, increase achievement, and prepare our males of color for college, careers, and life beyond DCPS.

One Year Anniversary


View our latest report here.

Image of the cover of EMOC's latest report




The report includes program highlights of EMOC’s first year, baseline data, and brief testimonials. 

“Empowering Males of Color: Year 1 of a community-wide investment in our students.”


Background and Theory of Action

Over the next three years, DCPS will dedicate $20 million to help our young men of color:

  • Improve early literacy rates;
  • Increase in seat attendance;
  • Increase enrollment in Advanced Placement courses;
  • Improve graduation rates;
  • Increase student satisfaction;
  • Increase college acceptance and persistence; and
  • Prepare students for high-wage, high-growth careers.




ENGAGE our students, families, and the community in solutions that ensure the long-term success of our males of color.

  • MENTORS: Partner with Community-Based Organizations to provide literacy support and mentorship to males of color.
  • Launch a Student Task Force to ensure that the student voice is informing our work.
  • Establish a College Signing Day
  • Celebrate Successful Career Training
  • Collaborate with other District Government Agencies

IMPROVE and expand research-based strategies that are already underway within the district – with an emphasis on equity.

  • GRANTS: Award Funds to Schools with Promising Approaches to Improving Outcomes
  • Launch a Teacher Recruitment Task Force
  • Expand Alternatives to Suspensions 
  • Expand Support for the 9th Grade Academies
  • Ensure that School Libraries and Classrooms Celebrate and Affirm Males of Color

INNOVATE and challenge our approach to problems and reflect on policies that have consistently made an impact on the academic achievement and development of our males of color

  • HIGH SCHOOL: Open a high School designed to support the academic and social-emotional development of males of color
  • Invest in Early Childhood through the “Make Early Learning, Effective Learning Initiative”