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

May 13, 2014

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.

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

The Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement

December 3, 2015

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.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Neighborhoods and Communities

Mayor's Commission on African-American Males: Annual Report, October 2015

October 1, 2015

As a follow-up to the 2014 recommendations report, the Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on African-American Males (MCAAM) submitted this annual report to highlight the group's actions thus far and to make further recommendations. The report also presents a data snapshot of Black males in Philadelphia in the areas of education, health, safety, family, and employment.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Education; Employment; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities


May 1, 2015

Asserting that Black lives matter also means that the quality of those lives matters, and economic opportunity is inextricably linked to quality of life. Decades after the Civil Rights Movement and the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, structural barriers still hold back African Americans in the workplace.The authors of this report provide some broader context on the black jobs crisis, including its origins and effects; the particular impact of the crisis on African American women; the declining state of black workers and their organizations, particularly within the labor movement; and the implications of the twin crises of joblessness and poverty-level wages for organizing. This report also features examples of how black worker organizations are combining strategic research, services, policy advocacy, and organizing to help black workers weather the economic storms and improve the quality of jobs that are open to African Americans over the long term.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Discrimination; Employment

The Health of Young African American Men

March 1, 2015

How can clinicians help address existing health disparities and add to positive outcomes for young African-American men? The authors argue that, first, advocacy efforts are needed for public health and social supports to achieve health improvements at scale. Second, the advantages medical care can provide -- such as reducing disparities in HIV, cardiovascular disease, and mental health -- should be strengthened.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Crime and Justice; Fatherhood; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities

A Time for Action: Mobilizing Philanthropic Support for Boys and Young Men of Color

June 5, 2014

This executive summary provides a plan to maximize the potential of the private sector to work collectively with the public sector to improve life outcomes for America's boys and young men of color. The report outlines goals, identifies strategies for achieving those goals, and announces key initiatives and funding partnerships. [KEY FINDINGS]Goal 1: All boys and young men of color are health--socially, emotionally, mentally, behaviorally, and physically.Goal 2: All boys and young men of color are taught in rigorous, effective, culturally relevant, engaging, and supportive school environment.Goal 3: All boys and young men of color graduate from high school and postsecondary education prepared for success in their careers.Goal 4: Boys and young men of color's exposure to harm from the juvenile and criminal justice systems is dramatically reduced.Cross-sector strategies to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color include promoting youth leadership; changing harmful stereotypes; expanding place-based efforts; and building a pipeline of data, research, and innovation.

Boys and Men of Color; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Crime and Justice; Education; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities; Philanthropy

Telling Our Own Story: The Role of Narrative in Racial Healing

February 25, 2014

An important resource for leaders and practitioners working to overcome our nation's legacy of racism. The authors present the power of the narrative and its important role in racial healing.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Identity; Media and the Arts

Mayor's Commission on African-American Males: Recommendations Report, February 2014

February 24, 2014

In 2011, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter relaunched the Mayor's Commission on African-American Males (MCAAM) to study conditions faced by Black men and boys and to make recommendations on how to affect positive outcomes. This publication was the first report submitted to the Mayor and highlights the key activities of the commission, presents the "birth to opportunity pipeline," and recommends policies to improve outcomes for African-American males in the city.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Education; Employment; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities

Sons & Brothers Building Healthy Communities Case Study

January 1, 2014

In August 2013, the board of the California Endowment approved a seven-year, $50 million investment in Sons & Brothers, to close the health gap for boys and young men of color, as part of its Building Healthy Communities strategy. This case study explores the first years of this work and the contributions made by the Endowment to support a statewide movement around boys and young men of color.

Boys and Men of Color; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities; Philanthropy

What Works: Transforming Conditions and Health Outcomes for Boys and Men of Color

October 11, 2013

What Works is a guide to best practices and movement-building lessons learned from the surge of efforts to improve life conditions and health outcomes for boys and men of color in California. The report lifts up effective on-the-ground efforts to place the practices in a broader context in a way that can be applicable not only to work in California, but across the nation.

Boys and Men of Color; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Neighborhoods and Communities

A Gathering of Leaders 2013: Postscript

July 9, 2013

"A Gathering of Leaders 2013" was a three-day conference convening 200 social change leaders working to improve opportunities for boys and men of color. This report is a follow-up to the conference, highlighting the insights, recommendations, victories, struggles, and lessons learned of participants.

Boys and Men of Color; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Crime and Justice; Discrimination; Education; Fatherhood; Health; Identity; Media and the Arts; Neighborhoods and Communities; Philanthropy

Evaluation of the California Community Foundation's Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) Initiative: One-Year Evaluation Report, 2012-2013

June 30, 2013

The BLOOM Initiative was designed with the goal of redirecting black male youth involved with the Los Angeles County probation system toward improved educational and employment opportunities and outcomes. This report is an assessment of the first year of the Initiative, using qualitative and quantitative methods to measure process and outcomes.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Crime and Justice; Education; Employment

Our Fathers, Our Future: A Portrait of Black Fathers in New Orleans

June 14, 2013

This paper includes a review of the literature on why fathers matter and statistical data on fathers in New Orleans, followed by stategies for educators, service providers, policymakers, and others to engage and support fathers. Six model programs are highlighted, which successfully address the challenges faced by low-income African-American fathers in New Orleans.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Employment; Fatherhood

Education, Employment, and Health Outcomes for Black Boys and Young Men: Opportunities for Research and Advocacy Collaboration

June 12, 2013

In May 2013, CLASP's Partnership Circle and the Scholars Network on Black Masculinity convened 32 nationally recognized researchers and policy advocates, who identified areas of potential influence in crafting policy solutions for black male adolescents and opportunities to act individually and collectively to advance work in these areas.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Education; Employment; Health

Out of School and Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools

April 8, 2013

Analyzing data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools, the report reveals profound disparities in suspension rates when disaggregating data by race/ethnicity, gender, and disability status. The report identifies districts with the largest number of "hotspot" schools (suspending 25 percent or more of their total student body), suggests alternatives that are already in use, and highlights civil rights concerns.

Boys and Men of Color; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Education; Neighborhoods and Communities

Foundations and the Fallacy of a Post-Racial America: African American Men and Civic Engagement

March 29, 2013

In this essay, Dr. Emmett Carson provides three reasons foundations should engage in specific programs aimed at supporting African-American men and boys: the mythology of a post-racial society; saving an endangered species; and ensuring global competitiveness.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Discrimination; Philanthropy

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