Helping Students to Realize their Dreams of Attending College Since 1985
The Young Black Scholars (YBS) Program is a greater Los Angeles youth focused educational activity of the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc. (100BMLA). YBS began as a solution to the 1983 California Post Secondary Education Commission study that indicated an alarming disparity of African-American students who did meet the University of California entrance requirements upon high school graduation. At that time only 3.6 percent of the 25,000 African American high school graduates in the State of California were eligible for entrance into the California State University System.
In an effort to maintain and exceed those statistics the 100BMLA officially implemented the YBS Program. To date, the program continues to thrive and produce future leaders for America. Approximately 14,000 students have matriculated through the YBS Program.
Young Black Scholars (YBS) is a SERIOUS program dedicated to ensuring college preparation, leadership development, community responsibility and successful life planning. Since 1986, YBS has assisted students in "realizing" the pursuit of a college education.
YBS began as a SOLUTION to the 1983 California Post Secondary Education Commission study, which indicated an alarming disparity of African-American students who did not meet the University of California entrance requirements upon high school graduation.
The pilot phase of Young Black Scholars (1986-1990) targeted a group of promising 9th graders throughout Los Angeles and provided them with a series of academic support workshops, activities and services to augment their preparation for college. Upon graduation in 1990, more than 90% met or exceeded national standards for college admission.
Young Black Scholars Alumnus attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities across the nation including: Brown University, California State University, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Morehouse University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California, University of Southern California and Yale University, etc.
The Young Black Scholars program conducts more than 40 workshops, programs, seminars and conferences throughout the academic school year, to assist scholars and parents in preparation for college admissions, selection and success.
In an effort to expose students to the college environment, YBS activities are hosted on the campuses of colleges and universities.
Young Black Scholars:
Provides on-going monitoring of scholars' academic achievement.
Provides academic learning support services such as: PSAT reviews, Foreign Language, &
Math & Science Workshops.
Offers enrichment learning experiences.
Rewards scholars for academic achievement.
Advises scholars and parents on college/university eligibility requirements, admissions,
financial aid & career opportunities.
WHO ARE THE PLAYERS
The Young Black Scholars program is an educational activity of the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc. who, along with parents, scholars, YBS staff, YBS High School Clubs, High School Faculty Liaisons, community co-sponsoring organizations and a Collegiate Resource Network, make YBS work.
Learning educational agencies, community/civic organizations and individuals who have chosen to formally support the efforts of the Young Black Scholars Program, have come together to become what is known as the Community Co-Sponsors Council. The Council provides support to the YBS program by means of donations, scholarships, in-kind services & extensive volunteer work.
Colleges and Universities
YBS works closely with the Collegiate Resource Network (a YBS support group comprised of college, university and other professionals) to ensure students are provided information on post-secondary opportunities and admission requirements. In addition, scholars and their parents receive assistance in the admission and financial aid processes, as well as post-admission mentoring.
Young Black Scholars supports and encourages the development of YBS Clubs on high school campuses. Coordinated by high school staff that act as YBS Faculty Liaisons, the high school clubs provide on-going student development, networking and academic support. Young Black Scholars currently works with over 170 high schools in the greater Los Angeles area.