The goal of the UC Berkeley African American Male Pipeline Project (AAMPP) and the Womyn in STEAM Education (WISE), under the Pre-College TRiO Programs, is to increase the college-going rate and preparation for a career in STEAM for African American male students and women of color by providing comprehensive college awareness and advising, mentorship, mental and emotional empowerment, academic preparation, and workforce development.

Who We Serve

AAMPP and WISE projects identify students in West Contra Costa who have traditionally lacked the essential support to reach their academic potential. Every year, 30 African American male students and 25 young women are identified and interviewed, of which 20 males and 15 females are selected to participate in AAMPP and WISE, respectively-- based on their academic potential in math and science, parent/guardian commitment, and teacher/staff recommendations.  Students that are not selected for AAMPP and WISE will continue to be served by the UC Berkeley Pre-College TRIO Talent Search Programs.  Students' academic potential is measured by test scores, teacher recommendations and student interviews that gauge potential for growth, which may not currently be reflected in their school grades.  The participants are provided with wrap-around services to develop them academically, socially, and emotionally and prepare them to study and pursue a career in the STEAM fields.

Students in the AAMPP and WISE projects start as participants of UC Berkeley’s federally funded Pre-College TRIO Educational Talent Search program and then they are enrolled in the Upward Bound or the Upward Bound Math-Science program by the end of their freshman year.  The Pre-College Trio programs, in collaboration with other UC Berkeley and community partners, provide intensive program services by using evidence-based best practices of highly successful college access programs and strategies to build college-going culture through one-to-one, small group, classroom, and whole school efforts. The project also focuses on providing support to families to help their children navigate the educational systems.

AAMPP & WISE Students at College Tour
AAMPP & WISE Students at Event