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 Until further notice, our office will be operating virtually Monday through Friday, during regular hours from 9 am to 5 pm.   Please DO NOT come to the office but rather email us at or leave a message at 718-982-2131.  And we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact Information

John Meche, MSEd.

BMI Assistant Director

Building 2A, Room 204B
Email John Meche, MSEd.

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

John Meche

The College Success Initiative: Learning by Teaching Program is a comprehensive support program created to increase college graduation rates for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students. This program was designed by The City University of New York (CUNY) to recruit and retain underrepresented students, especially males, at the college level.  The College Success Initiative: Learning by Teaching Project was created to strengthen the high school to college pipeline and enable more students from historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged backgrounds into higher education.  Our purpose is to help students achieve their educational goals while attending the College of Staten Island and provide support that will ensure students graduate with degrees in professional areas of study.  The BMI /CSI program provides mentoring, tutoring and paid internships that will enable students to view themselves as professionals.

For more information about the CUNY BMI Funded Projects, please visit the CUNY BMI website.

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Some of the CSILT student requirements are to obtain a 3.0 grade point average, Fill out an application; Complete an interview; Sign a program agreement and adhere to all terms.

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Our purpose is to recruit, retain and graduate model students interested in Teacher Education; particularly Black and Latino males from the College of Staten Island.

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The CSILT Learning Community is a one-year (2 semesters) course sequence that includes four courses, which incorporate discussions about college life.

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We offer many scholarship opportunities.  For more information about the twenty-nine (29) CUNY BMI Funded Projects, please visit the scholarship page or the CUNY BMI website.

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The CUNY Black Male Initiative is a University-wide student development initiative with more than 30 projects focused on increasing matriculation, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students