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Men of Merit

  • Men of Merit

    The mission of the Men of Merit Program is to provide ambitious men with opportunities to maximize academic success and to enhance their life skills personally and professionally in order to become confident, valued, successful, productive, and respected men of vision in their college and community.  


  • The Men of Merit Program is developed based on 6 guiding principles. They are:

    Accountability – We are empowering Men of Merit to demonstrate responsible behavior by taking ownership necessary to achieve desired results.

    Distinction – We value providing Men of Merit with community and professional networking opportunities, and assistance in crafting and adhering to individualized plans for future career success.

    Diversity – We value diversity in all forms and seek to create an environment where all Men of Merit are recognized for their intrinsic ability, unique capabilities, and individual contributions.

    Excellence – We value providing Men of Merit with the chance to pursue excellence through a wide variety of services designed to maximize personal and academic success.

    Integrity – We value developing Men of Merit of good character, honor, decency, honesty, and selflessness who give back to their college and community at any opportunity.

    Learning – We value assisting Men of Merit to develop and acquire the skills needed to support their intellectual, career and personal growth.

    Understanding – We value providing Men of Merit with a safe environment that treats everyone with respect, sensitivity, dignity, and decency.

    Mentoring
     • Training Sessions for Mentor and Mentee
     • 37 Mentors from 20 Organizations
     • Job Shadowing
     • Internship Opportunities

    College Exploration
     • Buffalo State College
     • Medaille College
     • University at Buffalo 

    Health & Wellness
     • Alcohol & Substance Abuse Awareness Grant
     • Partnership with SGA
     • Connections with Community Organizations
    Community Service
     • The “Give Back” Principle
     • Development of Personal Integrity
     • Empowering Students to Achieve Excellence

    Speaker & Workshop Series

     • SUNY Erie Trustee John Elmore
     • City Court Judge Craig Hannah
     • Success Workshops
     • Networking & Internships

    Leadership Opportunities
     • Men of Merit Conference at Buffalo State
     • Men of Color Summit – SUNY Fredonia
     • Student Leadership Conference at Nazareth College

    I am a man of Excellence
    , a lifelong learner, open to learning in and outside of the classroom.
    I am a man of Distinction, an aspiring professional, carrying myself with dignity and pride.
    I am a man of Integrity, dedicated to my community, giving back whenever I can.
    I am a Man of Merit.

  • Accomplishments

    Men Of Merit

    2017 – 2018 Academic Year 
    • 72 total men enrolled
    • 51 total events and activities
    • 25 volunteer mentors
    • 3 campus expansion in process
    • Partnership with Buffalo State College
    • Mayor Brown speaker at academic year closing event
    2018 – 2019 Academic Year 
    • 78 total men enrolled
    • Partnership with Medaille College
    • 37 volunteer mentors
    • Student Internships
    • Gainful Employment
    • 30 Expected to Graduate in Spring 2019

  • Summer Success Academy

    The Summer Success Academy is an innovative collaboration that brings together SUNY Erie and the City of Buffalo Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. Fifty Buffalo Public and Charter high school graduates are selected to participate in the program. The Summer Success Academy strives to reduce or eliminate the need for non-credit (developmental) coursework at the start of the fall semester and to strengthen participants’ academic and personal growth. The program also seeks to familiarize students with the expectations of post-secondary level academic work. If you are a senior in high school and plan to attend SUNY Erie, please contact us and/or your high school guidance counselor for more information.

    Applying to the SUNY Erie Summer Success Academy
    To apply, submit the Summer Success Academy application by May 17 , 2019 to the following address. In order to receive a Mayor's Summer Youth (MSIP) stipend, you must submit both the Mayor Byron W. Brown's application and the Summer Success Academy application by March 29, 2019.

    SUNY Erie
    45 Oak Street, Room 146
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    Attention: Lauren McCarthy 
    or e-mail completed application to mccarthy@ecc.edu

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  • The Men of Merit Program is open to male students that desire to gain the skills necessary to become successful professionals in their careers and engaged citizens in their community.

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