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Social Change

Principal Pride Program

Ohio State Students commit weekly to serve as mentors to improve participant grades, behavior and critical thinking skills. The Principal Pride Program is an immersion program for African American males in the Columbus City School District. The Principal Pride afterschool initiative aims to empower and foster self-efficacy from youth participants and Ohio State volunteers.

Self-efficacy is the belief that one is capable and has the tools to execute a goal. The growth in self-efficacy will lead to higher graduation rates; stronger relationships with parents, teachers and peers; improved emotional intelligence; and decreased likelihood of risky or harmful behavior.

The program aims to provide students with a positive role model who can stimulate growth and personal development through the exposure to new opportunities, experiences and challenges.