As the United States becomes an increasingly multicultural society, Posse believes that the leaders of this new century should reflect the country’s rich demographic mix, and that the key to a promising future rests on the ability of strong leaders from diverse backgrounds to develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. The Posse Program trains these leaders of tomorrow.
The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits, and selects student leaders from public high schools to form multicultural teams called “Posses.” Posses are groups of 10 to 12 students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds who support each other and ensure that each member succeeds and graduates from college. Posses also work to increase interaction among diverse campus groups. The Posse teams undergo an intensive eight-month training program to prepare for college-level academics, to learn to work as a team, to develop leadership skills, and to help promote cross-cultural communication.
The concept of a Posse works for both students and college campuses, and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development. Each college campus has a Posse Liaison who works closely with the Posse Foundation, along with mentors to help the students be successful.