Parent and Community Engagement
1) Read to Black boys between birth and 10 years old
2) Emphasize the value of education--not sports, not entertainment, not games--when Black boys are 2 to 12 years old.
3) Give Black boys books for their birthdays, holidays, and to reward them for jobs well done.
4) Enroll Black boys in a Saturday University Reading Academy at your church, park district, library or school. (Call The Black Star Project at 773.285.9600 for assistance setting up your Saturday University)
5) Have Black boys between the ages of 5 and 15 years old read aloud to you for at least 30 minutes a week.
6) Monitor and regulate the amounts and kinds of media your Black boys consumes.
7) Immerse Black boys in positive, educationally-based peer groups.
8) Find a mentor or a mentoring group for your young Black men.
9) Include culture, spirituality, history, economics, languages and critical thinking in the education of Black boys.
10) Ask the White House to support The Black Star Plan to to teach Black boys to read well by 4th grade.