Male Achievement Program (MAP) at Richland

Through the offering of various activities and events, MAP aims to help participants develop personal and leadership skills, as well as achieve their individual, career and academic goals.

MAP is a higher education-based student development association that seeks to increase the retention and college completion of male/minority students.

Program Features

  • Peer Networking — academic/colleague support system.
  • Family Environment — genuine, supportive interactions.
  • Discussion Groups — honest, relevant, real-life, meaningful dialogue.
  • Promote Completion — associate degree and professional certifications.
  • Leadership Development — participant-coordinated and -led activities.
  • Group Connection — MAP program apparel and accessories.
  • Goal Commitment — goal-setting and success planning.
  • Mentorship — mentor others/be mentored by faculty/staff.
  • Success Workshops — topics for personal and academic thriving.
  • Character Development — honor and incorporate ThunderValues.
  • Personal Development — self, career, relationships, finances, etc.

Detailed Program Features

Participant-led program officer meetings are generally scheduled monthly for approximately 90 minutes. These meetings are overseen by the program coordinator but facilitated by program participants (program officers).

  • Open to all students, male and female.
  • Generally held during campus functions, such as "Club Fair Day."
  • Opportunity for program officers and participants to recruit.
Student Body Events

Student body events, such as seminars, conferences and large-scale campus functions, are randomly sponsored or supported by MAP.

  • Open to all students, male and female.
  • Opportunity for participants to demonstrate and develop leadership skills.
  • Program will often volunteer to support various Office of Student Life functions.
    • Annual Multicultural Festival
    • College-wide Man Up Conference
    • Campus Cinco De Mayo Celebration
    • Campus Talent Show

Study hall sessions, generally held monthly, are opportunities for participants to designate an hour or so to studying. Sessions might be held more often, such as at the end of the semester or during testing seasons.

  • Open to all students, male and female.
  • Snacks sometimes served.
  • Opportunity to focus on academics in a quiet environment.
  • Opportunity to involve non-program participants in a program activity.

Mentoring meetings are meetings where faculty/staff mentors meet one-on-one or as a group with their assigned program participant(s). All program participants are assigned a mentor, and they meet for at least one hour each month.

  • Open to MAP participants only.
  • One-on-one opportunity to meet with a faculty/staff mentor.
  • Opportunity to discuss personal and academic successes and challenges.
  • Benefit from the expertise of faculty/staff of Richland.
  • Establish a working relationship with a seasoned campus professional.

Discussion group meetings are generally held twice a month for approximately 90 minutes. The MAP program coordinator serves as the primary facilitator for these meetings, where considerate, meaningful communication occurs.

  • Open to MAP participants only.
  • Lunch generally served.
  • Opportunity for participants and coordinator to discuss impactful issues.
  • Opportunity to speak openly about personal and general events and topics.
  • Opportunity to develop character and engage in critical thinking.
  • Discuss life issues that often impede the educational process/experience, such as health, relationships, dating, employment, finances, manhood, decisions, etc.

Personal/academic success workshops are generally held twice a month for approximately 90 minutes. Often an internal or external guest speaker or presenter is asked to lead the workshop on various topics.

  • Open to MAP participants only.
  • Lunch generally served.
  • Activities designed to promote success in school and life.
  • Interact with staff from the career center, the learning center, etc.
  • Topics such as finances, credit, time/money management, college transfers, study habits, classroom etiquette, resume writing and more.

In order to progress to the highest program level, participants are asked to attend a session of counseling or to participate in a personal development group meeting. Meetings are held monthly for approximately 90 minutes. These meetings are generally facilitated by the program coordinator and focus on exploring and overcoming personal challenges.

  • Open to MAP participants only.
  • Lunch or snacks generally served.
  • Opportunity to reflect on and discuss personal challenges.
  • Opportunity to enhance and improve self-awareness.
  • Opportunity to prepare for the highest program achievement level.

Leadership development activities are randomly scheduled events where participants have the opportunity not only to gain new skills, but also to demonstrate their existing skills.

  • Open to MAP participants only.
  • Opportunity to build a resume of activity coordination and leadership.
  • Opportunity to work with other program leaders and network.
  • Opportunity to learn new tasks and develop various skills.

Participant-led program officer meetings are generally scheduled monthly for approximately 90 minutes. These meetings are overseen by the program coordinator but facilitated by program participants (program officers).

  • Open to MAP program officers only.
  • Lunch or snacks generally served.
  • Opportunity to reflect on and discuss recent program activities.
  • Opportunity to enhance program operations and outcomes.
  • Opportunity to enhance meeting facilitation skills.
  • Opportunity to network with other program officers.
  • Opportunity to serve as program leadership council member.
  • Opportunity to mentor those who want to become program officers.

What else does MAP offer?

  • Activities
  • Events
  • Workshops
  • Discussions
  • Movies
  • Resources
  • Networking
  • Mentorship
  • Fun
  • Service
  • Risk-taking
  • Studying
  • Reading
  • Achievement
  • Teamwork
  • Challenges
  • Planning
  • Goal-Setting
  • Eating
  • Practicing
  • Traveling
  • Representing
  • Leading
  • Following
  • Working
  • Talking
  • Listening
  • Watching
  • Learning
  • Unlearning
  • Growth
  • Encouragement
  • Inspiration
  • Motivation
  • Dreaming
  • Believing
  • Performing
  • Consulting
  • Addressing
  • Progressing

Levels of Achievement

By participating in various activities and completing practical tasks, participants attain increasing levels of achievement. The list below represents the program’s levels of achievement, each of which comes with a list of benefits and distinction levels.

Achievement Levels

  • Level I: Primary Participant
  • Level II: Program Leader
  • Level III: Program Officer
  • Level IV: Distinguished Program Officer (DPO)
Participants become Program Alumni once they complete their programs of study.

Benefits

  • Eligible to participate in all Type A, B and C program activities and events.
  • Receive MAP apparel and accessories, such as t-shirts, wristbands, ink pens, caps, etc.
  • Receive gift certificates for local restaurants, movie theaters, retail stores, etc.
  • Receive lunch with the Director of Student Life and/or Vice President for Student Development.
  • Receive campus-wide recognition through affiliation with a distinguished program.

Student Leaders/Officers

The student coordinators and officers serve as program leaders and are responsible for an array of activities. These individuals have demonstrated a commitment to the program and are an important part of program networking, recruitment and overall success. Male Achievement Program officers can often be identified by the positive manner in which they conduct themselves and their MAP apparel with the Red Star!

Contact Us

Join MAP and receive regular program announcements.

Email rlcmap@dcccd.edu to join or for more information.