The XY-Zone supports and guides adolescent males as they journey into manhood. It is a leadership development and peer support program that develops productive life skills in high school-age, at-risk males.
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics named two Communities In Schools of Central Texas programs as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education on September 15, 2015 —ASPIRE Family Literacy and the XY-Zone.
- 90% of case managed students showed improvement or maintain in grades, attendance and/or behavior.
- 98% of case managed students remained in school
- 94% of case managed students were promoted or graduated
- Participants were significantly more likely to report improved school/community involvement after engaging in XY-Zone activities.
- 427 case managed, an additional 300 short-term or crisis support
Supportive Guidance, Service Learning Projects, Enrichment Activities, Leadership Opportunities, Cross Campus Activities
XY-Zone participants demonstrate improvements in grades, attendance or behavior; they decrease risky behaviors, increase volunteerism, leadership, and future aspirations, and they are challenged and empowered to aim high, get an education, and break the cycle of poverty.
XY-Zone Coordinators engage approximately 400 young men per year in activities focused on the Five R’s –Respect, Responsibility, Relationships, Role Modeling and Reaching Out on eleven high school campuses: Travis, Crockett, LBJ, Lehman, Lanier, Reagan, Manor, Del Valle, Hays, and Eastside Memorial
IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
This program got me out of gangs and showed me that I can trust other people. The guys in the XY-Zone program are like my “brothers.” Sammy, XY-Zone member at Reagan High School
XY-ZONE STUDENT GOALS:
– Students will remain in school and improve grades, attendance or behavior.
– Students will be empowered to focus on their futures, prepare for higher education and/or long-term employment, and break the cycle of poverty.
– Students will become leaders, advocating for non-violence, respect towards women, and peaceful communities.
– Students will transform their lives by instilling the five “pillars” – Respect, Responsibility, Relationships, Role Modeling, and Reaching Out
– Eastside Memorial High School
– LBJ High School
– Lanier High School
– Crockett High School
– Reagan High School
– Travis High School
– Lehman High School
– Del Valle High School
– Manor High School
– Hays High School
PROGRAM RECOGNITION AND IMPACT:
The effectiveness of the XY-Zone Program achieved national attention when featured in Leonard Pitts’ syndicated column as part of his “What Works” series. Pitts’ column was followed by stories on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and KUT’s In Black America.
Communities In Schools of Central Texas was recognized as an organization that demonstrates a substantive commitment to access and equity for young men of color, and have played a critical role in improving the lives and educational experience for the students Communities In Schools serves.
Robert Bachicha, XY-Zone Senior Program Coordinator