An Analysis of Posse as a Method to Close the Achievement Gap : A Study of the Kalamazoo Posse Community
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An analysis of the Posse program demonstrates how Posse becomes a catalyst for change by acting as a tool to lessen the achievement gap, providing capital: economic, social, and cultural, and emphasizing leadership as the scholars transform college campuses and take on the work force. Taking a look at how these scholars are able to access these forms of capital, the author examine how the Posse community becomes a major network of support for the scholar as they reach for academic excellence and the desire to make change on the Kalamazoo College campus. By interviewing 19 individuals within the Kalamazoo Posse community, The author studies how the scholars, mentors, Kalamazoo College faculty and administrative members, and the Posse LA staff work together to provide that support needed for the students to fulfill their missions and goals. Furthermore, we are able to explore the question of; how do nontraditional leadership scholarship programs influence the recipient experience at collegiate intuitions? The focus of this project is to analyze the way that resources provides by Posse, including the Kalamazoo Posse scholars, the mentors, the staff of both Kalamazoo College and Posse LA, help create a foundation of success for the Posse scholars in both educational and professional endeavors.