Postsecondary education is a bridge to equity and economic opportunity that not only boosts individuals, but the communities in which they live. Black and Latino males, however, all too often fail to attain these benefits and, in fact, are losing ground faster than ever. Young Men of Talent (YMT) program will address this crisis head on.

Black males graduate on time
Less likely to attain a college degree than their white, upper-middle-class peers
Latino males graduate on time.

Young Men of Talent (YMT) program aims to ensure that Black and Latino males nationwide access and graduate from college prepared to enter the workforce. The pilot, which will initially support 100 Black and Latino males from high school through graduation at the University of Vermont (UVM). The first group of 20 YMT scholars entered UVM in August 2023, and the next two cohorts of 40 YMT scholars each will enter UVM in 2024 and 2025. YMT scholars will be selected from CFES and other schools across the country.

On The News

Success Program Launch: Supporting Black and Latino Men

A new partnership between CFES Brilliant Pathways and the University of Vermont (UVM) will prepare students for the workforce as they work toward a college degree. Young Men of Talent will launch in fall 2023, aiding 100 college Black and Latino men in the first seven years.

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Program Components

Paid summer internships in career fields of interest

Successful business and education leaders will hold regular virtual and in-person meetings with their students throughout the year. These mentors will also help students obtain paid summer internships in their fields of interest and guide them through training modules developed by CFES to ensure their success at UVM and prepare them for the workplace.

24/7 Mentoring Support

Near-peer mentors will be available to help guide students. These peer mentors will be trained by CFES and will work closely with UVM leaders, who will provide academic support, counseling, and other services as needed.

Academic Support

These advisors will meet with their advisees at least once monthly and will assign tutors as needed, provide research opportunities, and actively participate in the team that ensures all YMT students graduate.

Support from UVM’s Top Leaders

A key to removing institutional obstacles for these students is the support and commitment of UVM’s top leaders. To help make this happen, every YMT student will meet with the president or provost twice annually.

Priority Registration

Priority registration lets a student register early for classes. This benefit ensures students have the best chance of securing a spot in the classes they need and allows for a manageable schedule and avoid potential conflicts.

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  • How are students selected for the program?
    Students will submit a short nomination form expressing their interest for the program. After the nomination window has closed, UVM and CFES leaders will select the first cohort of 20 students. As we witness the impact of YMT on the pilot cohort, we will find ways to extend benefits of the program to other UVM students.
  • How long does the program last?
    This pilot will begin in 2024 as a seven-year program at the University of Vermont.
  • Are there any costs associated with being part of the program?
    There is no cost to participate in the program. Students that participate are given the opportunity to get paid internships, access to academic advisors, peer mentors and more.
  • How can I get involved as a mentor in YMT?
    We will recruit mentors who are UVM juniors to serve as near-peer mentors and be available to help guide students. Please contact Jaydeen Santos at the Mosaic Center for Students of Color, to express your interest.
  • Can I continue being part of the program once I graduate?
    We would welcome any students who have graduated to come back and share their experience and their pathways with current participants.