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

October 1, 2012

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.

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

Stop-and-Frisk in the de Blasio Era

March 1, 2019

This report examines the stop-and-frisk program during the first four years of the de Basio Administration. 

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Discrimination

A Strategic Resource for Mayors on Disrupting Community Violence and Preventing Homicides

August 1, 2018

This report looks at community violence that affects young African-American men and boys.  It also provides goals that should be achieved and practices that contribute to community transformation as to make the cities safer for Black males. The report focuses on ways to implement a comprehensive, public health approach to violence and showcases some effective practices.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Neighborhoods and Communities

An Unjust Burden: The Disparate  Treatment of Black Americans in the  Criminal Justice System

May 4, 2018

The evidence for racial disparities in the criminal justice system is well documented. The disproportionate racial impact of certain laws and policies, as well as biased decision making by justice system actors, leads to higher rates of arrest and incarceration in low-income communities of color. However, there is no evidence that these widely disproportionate rates of criminal justice contact and incarceration are making us safer. This brief presents an overview of the ways in which America's history of racism and oppression continues to manifest in the criminal justice system, and a summary of research demonstrating how the system perpetuates the disparate treatment of black people. The evidence presented here helps account for the hugely disproportionate impact of mass incarceration on millions of black people, their families, and their communities.

Crime and Justice

The Intersection of the Criminal Justice, Education, and Mental Healthcare Systems and Its Influence on Boys and Young Men of Color

August 1, 2017

The authors provide a scan of the academic and gray literature on the intersection of the criminal justice, mental health, and education systems, and how it influences the lives of at-risk racial/ethnic minority youth (boys and young men of color). As well, the authors identify interventions that aim to improve outcomes for racial/ethnic minority at-risk youth at the intersection of these three structural systems.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Education; Health

Mass Incarceration and Children's Outcomes: Criminal Justice Policy is Education Policy

December 15, 2016

Parental incarceration leads to an array of cognitive and noncognitive outcomes known to affect children's performance in school. Therefore, the discriminatory incarceration of African American parents makes an important contribution to the racial achievement gap. Educators hoping to narrow the achievement gap should make criminal justice reform a policy priority.

Crime and Justice; Education

Building a Culture of Health by Creating Opportunities for Boys and Young Men of Color, Executive Summary

October 4, 2016

There is a long list of social, institutional, and economic barriers that prevent too many boys and young men of color from reaching their full potential. They are more likely than their white peers to face risks in their community, in school, and at home that jeopardize their health and life chances. To better understand these barriers that America's young men of color face and promising ways for our nation to overcome them, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Forward Promise initiative—in partnership with the Moriah Group—commissioned seven issue briefs. These briefs, authored by leading researchers in academia and the social sector, examine quality education, suspension and expulsion, childhood trauma, and lack of early career opportunities.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Discrimination; Education

Early Childhood Expulsions and Suspensions Undermine Our Nation's Most Promising Agent of Opportunity and Social Justice

September 1, 2016

This brief presents the latest information regarding early childhood expulsions and suspensions with a special emphasis on how continuing gender and race disparities violate the civil rights of many of our youngest learners and contribute to our nation's costly achievement gap by locking our boys and African-American children out of educational opportunities and diminishing the ability of early education to provide the social justice remedy it was designed to produce.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Education

Moving Toward Healing: Trauma and Violence and Boys and Young Men of Color

September 1, 2016

The purpose of this brief is to highlight the great burden that trauma, violence, adversity, and the social determinants  of health impose on the health of boys and men of color. To protect BYMOC from the potential harm inflicted on  them—and to mobilize the resilience and promise these young people hold—providers, leaders and policymakers  must understand the physical, emotional and societal effects of trauma, violence, and adversity. They must also recognize the implicit and explicit racism and stigma faced by BYMOC. Only with this understanding can leaders effect the fundamental transformation to ensure that BYMOC heal, thrive, and realize their fullest potential.

Crime and Justice; Media and the Arts

Disparity Report

March 1, 2016

This report, commissioned by the New York City Young Men's Initiative and developed by the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, provides a snapshot of where New York City's young people of color stand in relation to their peers in the areas of education, economic security and mobility, health and wellbeing, and community and personal safety. The analysis, which disaggregates data by race and gender, found that while there have been decreases in several disparities for young men and women of color, disparities persist.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Discrimination; Education; Employment; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities; Poverty

A Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform

January 11, 2016

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.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice

New Orleans: Who's in Jail and Why?

January 1, 2016

Everyone in New Orleans deserves to be safe. We rely on our criminal justice agencies—the police, the courts, and the jail—to ensure public safety, so we should ask ourselves regularly: how well is our system working? By looking at who we hold in our jail and why, we can begin to understand the role of detention in keeping our community safe and inform what our jail needs are, both now and going forward.Until recently, New Orleans led the nation in jail incarceration: before Katrina, we jailed people at a rate five times the national average. The consequences were dramatic for the tens of thousands of people booked into the jail each year who lost their jobs, homes, and even custody of their children. Instead of making us the safest city in America, this over-use of detention destabilized communities.How are we using detention today? Generally, people are held in jail for any number of reasons. Therefore, unfortunately, there is no simple answer to the question of "who is in our jail?" This report aims to advance an important public conversation about how we are using our jail and how it impacts safety in our city.

Crime and Justice

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

October 9, 2015

This report provides a framework for the development of policy in national and state legislation, at the school board level and inside the AFT itself. It focuses on ways to end institutional racism in the criminal justice system 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.

Crime and Justice; Education; Employment

Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage and High-Return Opportunities for Change

July 1, 2015

This report explores the barriers that disadvantaged youth face, particularly young men of color, and quantifies the enormous costs this poses to the U.S. economy. In particular, this report focuses on the significant disparities in education, exposure to the criminal justice system, and employment that persist between young men of color and other Americans. The report outlines why it's important for our nation -- from business, faith, and civic leaders, to local law enforcement -- to invest in the lives of our nation's young people.

Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Education; Employment; Neighborhoods and Communities; Poverty

State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2015

May 1, 2015

This annual review tracks the latest research in the growing field of implicit bias. In addition to trends in the public domain and scholarly realm, the publication provides a detailed discussion of new 2014 literature in the areas of criminal justice, health and health care, employment, education, and housing, as well as the latest ideas for debiasing.

Crime and Justice; Discrimination; Education; Employment; Health; Media and the Arts

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

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