NCICU’s iBELONG MALE MENTORING PROGRAMsm provides funding to implement a strategy designed to increase persistence, retention and/or graduation rates of minority male students on campus through programmatic efforts to mentor, to coach and to make forums available for the students to explore various career opportunities. The project was initially funded by a $27,500 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges which was matched, in large part by the VF Foundation, for a total of $55,000. In the initial year of the grant, eight campuses participated: Catawba College, Chowan University, Davidson College, Gardner-Webb University, Guilford College, High Point University, Livingstone College, and Queens University of Charlotte. We are currently in the second year of the program, and thanks to additional funding, 13 campuses are now able to participate.

Grant funds support:
Project Director
Campus Stipend
Participant scholarships ($250)
Purchase of materials such as “The Mentor’s Toolkit for Career Conversations”
Peer Tutoring

Etiquette dinner
Career research program
Campus meetings and capstone meeting of participants from all campuses

Thanks to our Donors!
Coca-Cola Consolidated
Council of Independent Colleges
The VF Foundation
The W. Trent Ragland, Jr. Foundation
Wells Fargo

Queens University participants enjoy “Barbershop Talk” program

Participant Testimonials:
Being a member of the iBelong Male Mentoring Program at Catawba College has been a breath of fresh air. As a black male its hard finding your comfort zone at Predominately White Institution because often times our culture is often forgotten about and we don’t typically see faculty and staff that represent us. It feels really good being seen and being understood by our program coordinator and members of the Catawba Black Alumni Network that have taken the time out to mentor us and prepare us to be mentors in the future.

Before becoming a member of iBelong Male Mentoring Program, I was extremely frustrated with my major and was in the process of transferring to WSSU. Once I joined the iBelong Program, I completed a career exploration and college selection system. The program director helped me identify my purpose and passion. He also helped identify a major that allowed me to live out my passion and helped me create a 5-year plan for my career and education.

Campus Project Directors:
We had one young man that came to us very intimidated by college and his surroundings. As a first-generation student he did not know what to expect from college. He had a few deficits in the classroom, but he worked hard and finished the semester with a GPA above 3.0. In addition, he was elected to the Student Government for next year.
Chowan University

One of our participants had returned to the institution after being on a three-year hiatus because of the not fully maximizing his full potential during his first year. He joined our program, and not only did he take advantage of every opportunity that we offered but he also became a mentor to the younger males in the group, helping them to make the best decisions during their first year at the college. This student improved in all his classes as well as raising his GPA and he is looking forward to the next goal that he said for his second-year experience.
Livingstone College