This qualitative study focuses on the experiential effects that a Black Men Achieve Program (BMA) had on Black male college students at MidSouth University (pseudonyms). Using semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire, students offered their perceptions of their educational and personal experiences through the BMA. According to the students, the benefits of engaging in the program and participating in various activities were empowering. Students expressed that they garnered social and cultural capital, improved their academic and social engagement, and heightened their sense of self. As a result, students were more aware of various resources and opportunities, felt more connected to their peer group, and began to shatter their own perceptions of stereotypes about Black men. These findings demonstrate the importance of engaging Black men in opportunities that place them at the center of the foci, thus offering personal, social, academic, and professional benefits that enhance their college experience.


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