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This collection aggregates publicly available reports, case studies, and evaluations focused on black men and boys and represents a vast amount of collective intelligence developed over the years by nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations working in the field. It is our hope that grantmakers, practitioners, academics, policymakers, and others will be able to use the knowledge gathered here to inform their work. The collection is continually growing and we welcome suggestions for additions. Send your recommendations to bmafunders@foundationcenter.org.

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Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

Campaign for Black Male Achievement; Foundation Center, April 2015

FOCUS AREA Philanthropy; Boys and Men of Color

SUMMARY
This 2015 research brief analyzes U.S. philanthropic funding trends for Black men and boys and describes recent initiatives and investments supporting Black males. A follow-up to the analysis in Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, the brief identifies quantifiable shifts in giving patterns, offers a glimpse at outcomes and impacts of various programs and initiatives, and makes recommendations for future investments.

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Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement

Foundation Center, May 2014

FOCUS AREA Philanthropy; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Boys and Men of Color

SUMMARY
Building on the groundbreaking report Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, this companion piece explores the diverse, multidisciplinary, and cross-sector work to advance black male achievement. Based on interviews with 50 philanthropic, nonprofit, government, academic, and business leaders, the report also offers recommendations for what it will take to strengthen the field moving forward.

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Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

Foundation Center, October 2012

FOCUS AREA Philanthropy; Neighborhoods and Communities; Media and the Arts; Education; Crime and Justice

SUMMARY
Drawing on eight years of grants data and twenty years of history, this report describes important trends in foundation funding for black men and boys. It also describes innovative philanthropic efforts in the field. While disparities faced by black males remain staggering, new partnerships and initiatives based on an assets-based approach and institutional supports may be on the cusp of turning the tide.

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A Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform

Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG), January 2016

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice

SUMMARY
Each year, hundreds of thousands of vulnerable young people, primarily youth of color, are funneled into the justice system -- a system ill-equipped to meet their needs or foster their development. Study after study has proven that reliance on punishment and incarceration is harmful to young people and is associated with increased rates of reoffending, strained family relationships, lower educational and vocational attainment, and incarceration later in life. This updated report draws upon new research to provide concrete policy recommendations aimed at improving the well-being and life outcomes for young people up to age 25 who are involved in or at risk of entering our nation's juvenile and criminal justice systems.The Blueprint is a call to action to funders, policymakers, community leaders, system stakeholders, advocates, youth and families.

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Lost: The Crisis Of Jobless and Out Of School Teens and Young Adults In Chicago, Illinois and the U.S.

Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, January 2016

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Employment; Neighborhoods and Communities; Poverty

SUMMARY
This report contains compilations and calculations of various employment data for males and females 16 to 24 years old by race/ethnicity from 2005 to 2014, comparing Chicago, Illinois, the U.S. and in some instances, adding Los Angeles and New York. Besides an array of figures and tables, the report contains GIS generated maps that illustrate the relationship between employment data and population distribution by race/ethnicity. A significant contribution of this report is its demonstration that low rates of employment are spatially concentrated in neighborhoods that are also racially segregated. This report clearly highlights that youth employment rates are tied to conditions in neighborhoods and cannot be seen as distinct from what is happening in the neighborhoods themselves. The devastation of unemployment in turn, wreaks havoc on the neighborhood.

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The Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement

Campaign for Black Male Achievement, December 2015

FOCUS AREA Neighborhoods and Communities; Civic Engagement and Advocacy

SUMMARY
National challenges regarding race, law enforcement, and access to opportunity negatively impact Black men and boys; yet, many approaches to addressing these issues are anchored at the city-level. This Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) report unveils a Black Male Achievement (BMA) City index to track and communicate cities' efforts to advance Black males. The BMA Index scores 50 cities, which include approximately 5.5 million Black males, more than 30 percent of all Black men and boys in the country. The report spotlights the ten highest scored cities and provides in-depth profiles of how the top three scoring cities are responding to the needs of Black men and boys to help them achieve their full potential.

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Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color

Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, November 2015

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Education

SUMMARY
The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) worked in partnership with New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education to develop the "Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color." Based on current research, the Standards are a set of guidelines intended to assist school districts, schools, and school leaders who seek to develop and enhance schools and programs serving boys and young men of color. It is also a self-assessment tool that can serve as the basis for self-assessment, reflection, planning, professional development, and accountability. COSEBOC's Standards are designed to complement the Common Core and other District Standards.

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Reclaiming the Promise of Racial Equity: In Education, Economics and Our Criminal Justice System

American Federation of Teachers, October 2015

FOCUS AREA Employment; Education; Crime and Justice

SUMMARY
This report provides a framework for the development of policy in national and state legislation, at the school board level and inside the American Federation of Teachers itself. The report focuses on ways to end institutional racism and offers concrete steps to create schools where parents want to send their children; where students, particularly boys of color, are engaged; and where educators want to work.

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Male Teachers of Color Take a Lesson From Each Other

Phi Delta Kappan, October 2015

FOCUS AREA Education; Boys and Men of Color

SUMMARY
The paper focuses on how schools and districts can better support Black male teachers, based on the experiences of the Male Teachers of Color Network, a part of the Boston Teacher Residency program. The group's theory of action was that professional development focused on addressing the unique challenges of male teachers of color would help these teachers develop tools and strategies to navigate their school environment. More importantly, these male teachers of color would be better able to focus on creating conditions that facilitated learning for students, the majority of whom were of color and from working class families.

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Barriers and Bridges: An Action Plan for Overcoming Obstacles and Unlocking Opportunities for African American Men in Pittsburgh

Urban Institute, October 2015

FOCUS AREA Neighborhoods and Communities; Employment

SUMMARY
Among the region's residents, Pittsburgh's African-American men have historically and disproportionately faced unprecedented barriers to economic opportunities. This study focuses on structural barriers that contribute to persistent racial disparities in the Pittsburgh region. Structural barriers are obstacles that collectively affect a group disproportionately and perpetuate or maintain stark disparities in outcomes. Structural barriers can be policies, practices, and other norms that favor an advantaged group while systematically disadvantaging a marginalized group. A community touched by race-based structural barriers can be identified by the racial and economic stratification of its residents; Pittsburgh, like many large cities in the United States, fits that description.

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