The program is designed to increase post-secondary education attainment + retention and improve workforce development for young Black men, working to reduce the inequity gaps they face.
In a few short months, YMU has expanded its workforce development initiative to four high schools around Soda City: Eau Claire, Richland Northeast, Columbia, and Irmo.
United Way plans to scale the program to 200 students in the next five years. Read: More volunteer mentors are needed to help these young men reach their academic and career dreams (see what it’s like). United Way is recruiting 60 in-person and virtual mentors for the 2023-24 school year.