The MAC Scholars Program is a student-led program aimed at improving the academic achievement of African-American students in Shaker Heights City Schools. This program includes males and females, starting in fourth grade, and continuing through twelfth grade. Some highlights of the program include our elementary MAC Scholar students collecting various items for Laura’s Home Women’s Shelter and the City Mission of Cleveland. Our MAC Scholars, both male and female, have also visited nursing homes, cleaned shelters and presented programs to students and faculty within our Shaker Heights City School District. Our intermediate through high school MAC Scholars have served in the community by mentoring younger MAC students to excel in not only academics, but in leadership skills as well. Many of our MAC Scholars alumni have continued to be leaders in their fields of medicine, education, law, civil justice, politics and community-based organizations to further collective unity, pride and empowerment to our African-American community.
Widely emulated by schools all over the United States, the program was initiated by high-achieving African-American students in 1990 and has since spread district-wide in Shaker Heights Schools, including all five elementary schools, Woodbury, Shaker Heights Middle School and Shaker Heights High School. Key elements of the program include:
- Setting goals
- Growing leadership skills, and encouraging positive social and emotional growth.
- Engaging in a scholarly community of learners that include mentoring, academic engagement, and community service
- Empowering the members to create a sister and brotherhood of support and encouragement.
- Encouraging responsibility for our community, school and global community.