Urban Scholars operates four population-targeted curricula to urban youth:
Urban Scholars: Black Male Youth Academy
The first Urban Scholars program, the BMYA was piloted in 2006. It supports a cohort of black males in grades 9-12. Students explore topics such as black male identity, African American history, and the black diaspora.
Urban Scholars: BLOOM, Black Male Youth Academy
BLOOM-BMYA is a partnership between the California Community Foundations’ BLOOM Initiative and SJLI’s Black Male Youth Academy. Participants of this dynamic program are black males, age 14-18, who are currently, or have previously been involved with the Los Angeles County probation system.
Urban Scholars: Compadres
Launched in 2012, this program supports a cohort of Latino males in grades 9-12. Students explore topics such as Latino masculinity, Mesoamerican cultures, and Latino-American history.
Urban Scholars: Junior
Comprised of young boys of color from varied ethnic backgrounds, this program condenses and implements the Urban Scholars curriculum for middle school students in grades 6-8.
Urban Scholars: Allies
The Allies program is offered as a hybrid of the Black Male Youth Academy and the Compadres curriculum for a mixed group of high school males of color.