How has your program made a difference?
"I can see it is making some improvements. They pretty much look at us for approval. They know we are watching them. We had a report from one of the teachers that one of the boys pulled out a chair for a girl. When the teacher commented on this, he said, 'Well, I'm a Star Gent.'"
Does the program translate to good grades?
"Yes, we go over the grades and talk to them about college. Last year, we had a few that were a little bit better. This year we are focusing on a lot of the boys that are productive, reliable and respectful."
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Are you trying to quantify results?
"I think it is making a difference because a lot of the parents are asking us to let the boys be in it." (Last year, he said, a parent reported that a boy in the neighborhood who had been somewhat of a bully seemed to have changed.) "When you hear that from parents and people outside the school, that means we are making a difference."
You have many students at Conder from single-parent households. What is your overall goal for them?
"We are pretty much focused on that. We want to be a positive male role model in their life."