The Syracuse City School District has been named a proud recipient of a My Brother’s Keeper Family and Community Engagement Grant aimed at strengthening the District’s Building Men program.
For the next three years, the grant will provide $150,000 per year, allowing the Building Men Program to eventually expand to all SCSD middle and high schools. The Building Men Program focuses on helping young men learn to focus on being ‘a’ man, instead of trying to be ‘the’ man. Through athletic activities, community service projects, academic tutoring and other activities, young boys focus on SIR values: significance, integrity and relationships.
A significant portion of the grant will be used to contract with longtime SCSD partner Peaceful Schools, which will work with the District to develop and incorporate a Family and Community Engagement system in the Building Men program. Peaceful Schools will conduct family outreach and home visits, network with and recruit community partners, coordinate a mentorship program, plan family engagement events and link families to community services, including SCSD’s Parent University.
As a result of this grant and the expansion of the Building Men Program, home-school partnerships will be strengthened, connections will be improved among school staff, families and community members, and additional students will experience the leadership and life skills that the Building Men Program aims to instill.