COLUMBUS, Ga. A group at Columbus State University believes it takes just ten people to get the message out about community awareness. The Collegiate 100 uses statistics as a teaching tool with their latest demonstration.
CSU senior David Douglas organized the Statistics Awareness event in light of Community Awareness Week. Douglas created a reenactment of some of the scenarios young black males face before, during and after college. According to the National Department of Education, only 42% of black males graduate from college. Another 40% will go to jail at some point during their college years.
“This program, as well as having a mentor, makes a difference in the transition from high school to college and completing college,” Douglas said.
Several members of the Collegiate 100 say people of any age can better understand these statistics with a visual representation. Four of the ten men wore prison suits to symbolize just how man men statistically end up behind bars. Another four men tend to drop out of college, while the remaining two graduate college. To try and reverse a negatively stigmatizing trend, Douglas says having a role model plays a huge part in progressing.
“What we can do in this community, in the tri-city area, I would say it boils down to a lot of mentorship,” Douglas said. “Making sure our youth know there are other avenues outside of crime and other avenues to do after school. Because that’s where a lot of dropouts stem from.”
Douglas says mentorship should begin at an early age. He also mentions after-school programs as opportunities to keep young people off the streets and away from crime.