I Am My Brother's Keeper: the Impact of a Brother2Brother Program on African American Men in College

by Maristela Zell

Jul 1, 2011

This qualitative study examines the perceived impact that membership in Brother2Brother (B2B) peer groups had on African American male collegians' psychosocial, educational and personal experiences, commitment to scholastic achievement, and integration into the campus environment.

  • B2B is designed to encourage persistence from freshman to sophomore years by attending to participants' social, emotional, and cultural needs.
  • Beyond its cognitive and academic value, B2B was perceived as essential in mediating challenges to success, including the acquisition of social and intellectual capital.
  • This study confirms what others have found: being part of a positive peer community affects students both academically and non-academically.
  • As participants' profiles were raised by their playing a part in campus life, they came to think of themselves as individuals of consequence, not people to be ignored.