About Us

The Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) uses new ideas and  creative solutions to tackle the educational achievement gap and increase the number of Black and Latino young men who graduate high school prepared to succeed in college and careers.

ESI is an educational component of the Office of the Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) and is supported by Open Society Foundations. YMI is the nation’s most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of Black and Latino young men.

As part of that comprehensive effort, ESI works and conducts research in 40 public high schools that have shown promise in reversing this trend; develop and launch new high schools specifically designed to fully prepare Black and Latino young men for success in college and careers; and scale-up college advising training city-wide with the goal of reach all high schools over the next two years.

The resources below offer further insight into what the Expanded Success Initiative is, and what it is learning.


  • This PowerPoint contextualizes the work of ESI and highlights the central components of the Initiative.

  • Authored by Professor Shaun Harper, this report is a seminal study of Black and Latino male high school achievement in the 40 ESI schools. The report provides key findings about how successful Black and Latino male students navigate the demands of high school and the transition to college. Professor Shaun Harper and his team of researchers from the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education interviewed 415 Black and Latino male students who currently attend or graduated from ESI schools. Using an anti-deficit approach, this study shares insights from Black and Latino young men who become college and career ready and persevere through college.
  • This discussion guide is a tool school leaders and staff members can use to help facilitate critical conversations that emerge from the 22 findings in this important report on the 40 ESI schools.