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City leaders are responding to the My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge by tackling the disparities that face our nation's boys and men of color (BMoC). REAL's report "The City Leader's Compass to the My Brother's Keeper Landscape, highlights a comprehensive set of tangible steps cities can take to change systems and improve outcomes for BMoC."I accepted the challenge … If more Mayors would accept the MBK challenge and work … we can reduce the disparities facing all boys and men of color."—Mayor William Johnson of Holly Hill, S.C.As your city begins or continues its journey through the MBK landscape, this guide will be an effective compass and ongoing reference tool as you consider actions to improve outcomes for boys and men of color. It is important to remember that a city leader's unique opportunity is in taking policy action to undo the systems that create the barriers to success that boys and men of color face daily. We look forward to supporting your city on its journey through the MBK landscape, which will improve the lives of boys and men of color and their communities for generations to come. Happy traveling!
Beyond Plight: Defining Pathways to Optimal Development for Black Men and Boys across the Life Course is ABFE's contribution for creating better lives for us, and, by extension, our world. It is a long title, which challenges us to look beyond quick solutions. The observations and recommendations within Beyond Plight were based upon input from funders and practitioners who have invested resources and brain power into better outcomes for Black men and boys – some for their entire professional careers. We connected with key thought leaders, whose names you find on page three. These are people who have been committed to this work for some time and even invoke their lived & shared experiences – this isn't theory. It also continues the work of practitioners who looked into the early childhood aspects of optimal development, through our previously released report, titled, "Exceeding Expectations: A Shared Vision for Impact and Definitions of Success for Black Men and Boys".
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