College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York

CUNY Black Male Initiative at CSI/ College Success Initiative, Learning by Teaching Program

To recruit, retain and graduate model students interested in Teacher Education; particularly Black and Latino males from the College of Staten Island.  Strengthen the high school to college pipeline and allow for an increased number of Black and Latino males into higher education, postsecondary, pipeline programs and employment opportunities; increase graduation rates for Black and Latino Males at the College of Staten Island; prepare professionals for Urban Education; help students utilize the resources at the College of Staten Island with the help of administration, faculty, staff and seasoned students.


Participation in the CSILT Program is absolutely free!

Who is Eligible?

All students interested in pursuing an academic degree are eligible to participate.  Applicants for the program must be willing to interact in monthly meetings with mentors and participate in college awareness workshops, personal development seminars, and career exploration.  Students must also be committed to their studies with the desire to achieve academic excellence.  Admitted students who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are invited to serve as ambassadors and tutors at Curtis and Port Richmond High Schools.  Students with grade point averages of 2.0 and lower will serve as apprentices and shadow scholars until their grade point average reaches a minimum of 3.0.  

Students enrolled in other state–funded opportunity programs (CSTEP, LSAMP, HEOP, EOP, or SEEK) are also eligible to participate in the CSILT program.