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Year Published: 2022
This quasi-experimental evaluation of the Please Call Me Mister (PCMM) program—a 4-year afterschool program in Franklin County, Kentucky, for middle and high school African American and Hispanic males focused on violence prevention and positive youth development—found several statistically significant positive outcomes for PCMM participants, including a decrease in carrying weapons and lower levels of alcohol consumption. PCMM participants also saw increases in resiliency and a decrease in levels of depression.
Program Name: Please Call Me Mister
Please Call Me Mister (PCMM) is a 4-year program for African American and Hispanic male youth run by the Promising Youth Center for Excellence at Kentucky State University in Franklin County, Kentucky. PCMM is for African American and Hispanic male youth between the ages of 10-17 who have experienced domestic violence, abuse, mental health issues, involvement in the justice system, and could improve their academic performance. The program aims to decrease anti-social behavior and truancy, improve academic performance, and boost parent/family engagement through mentorship and small group enrichment.
Scope of the Evaluation: Local
Program Type: Afterschool
Location: Franklin County, Kentucky
Community Type: Rural, Urban, Suburban
Grade level: Middle School, High School
African American and Hispanic individuals who identify as male
Program Website: https://www.kysu.edu/calendar/index.php?eID=139