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May 13, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Young men wanted: Summer program seeks better balance

Nonprofit groups in education are dependent on success to maintain their funding. So it’s refreshing when one takes a hard look at itself and announces  loudly, and in public  that it needs to do better.

This was the case for Summer Search, a national group with an impressive record of getting low-income students into and through college. The problem was, the vast majority were young women.

“This is very common with youth-development programs,” said Deidre McCormack Martin, executive director of the Seattle office. “But we really want to crack this nut because national education statistics for males  especially black and Latino males  are abysmal.”

The Summer Search approach identifies low-income students early in high school  not top scholars or stragglers, but what the group calls “the invisible middle.”

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