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Having Our Say: Examining Career Trajectories of Black Male Educators in P-12 Education

July 1, 2019

Achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce within P-12 education is critical to ensure that students receive a robust, quality educational experience. However, overcoming the shortage of educators of color has been a major dilemma for our nation's schools for decades. And, despite students of color comprising over 50% of current classroom populations and the United States Census Bureau's prediction that people of color will become the "majority-minority" in the overall United States population by 2043, these trends fail to correlate with representations of educators of color in P-12 education, especially for new cohorts of Black male teachers. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), male educators comprise only 23% of the public school workforce and, more troubling, Black male teachers represent less than 2% of the total teacher population.

Boys and Men of Color; Education; Employment

Fair-Chance Hiring in Philanthropy: A Step-by-Step Guide

October 1, 2016

This report presents a 'Fair-Chance Hiring Toolkit' as a guide for foundations and other organizations to join the 'Ban the Box' challenge and expand opportunities for people who have been formerly incarcerated or arrested.


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

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

January 1, 2016

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.

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

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

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

October 1, 2015

Among the region's residents, Pittsburgh's African American men have historically and disproportionately faced unprecedented barriers to economic opportunities. This study, supported by The Heinz Endowments, 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 racebased 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.

Employment; 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

Altering the Course: Black Males In Medicine

August 3, 2015

This report aims to understand the reasons for the decline in black male applicants and enrollees in medical school since 1978. It draws from interviews with black pre-medical students, physicians, researchers, and leaders, as well as research and data regarding black male education and involvement in STEM fields. The major themes identified from these sources include unequal K-12 educational opportunities, the absence of mentors or role models in medicine, public perceptions of black men, career attractiveness, and lack of financial resources.

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


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

Building Financially Secure Futures: An Approach for Boys and Men of Color

April 20, 2015

This research brief examines the economic and financial challenges facing boys and men of color and lifts up asset-building strategies that can be integrated with targeted services for this group. It also highlights successful practices that are already addressing financial challenges at a community level and draws from these practices to inform policy recommendations.

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

My Brother's Keeper Task Force: One-Year Progress Report to the President

February 27, 2015

One year after the launch of My Brother's Keeper (MBK), a White House initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, the My Brother's Keeper Task Force released this progress report to the President. Efforts took place in three focus areas: place-based state and local engagement, private-sector action, and public policy review and reform.

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

Promoting Healthy Families and Communities for Boys and Young Men of Color

February 4, 2015

This report talks about boys and young men of color who are at risk for poor health and developmental outcomes beginning at birth and persisting through childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. As a result of household poverty and residence in segregated neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage, they are disproportionately bombarded by environmental threats -- often without the benefits of supportive systems of prevention, protection, and care. This exposure to chronic stress undermines cognitive, social-emotional, and regulatory human development as well as the immune system. The parents of boys and young men of color are similarly affected, which affects boys directly in utero and interferes with their parents' abilities to promote their health and development and to protect them from harm as they mature.

Boys and Men of Color; Employment; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities; Poverty

Expanding Economic Opportunity for Young Men and Boys of Color through Employment and Training

February 1, 2015

Young men of color have long experienced lower earnings and higher unemployment compared to young white men. Many factors have contributed to these negative outcomes: persistent discrimination, hiring practices of employers, geographic and social isolation, substandard secondary education, lack of career and postsecondary educational guidance, inadequate career and technical education, and higher incarceration rates. This paper focuses on promising strategies for improving the labor market outcomes of low-income young men of color. It outlines an employment-focused approach to improving economic opportunities and outcomes for these young men, highlighting potential policy, system and institutional reforms as well as program investments.

Boys and Men of Color; Education; Employment

Boosting the Life Chances of Young Men of Color: Evidence From Promising Programs

June 25, 2014

In light of the momentum building to improve the fortunes of young men of color, this review examines what is known about this population -- particularly related to their struggles in the labor market -- and highlights programs that are shown by randomized controlled trials to be making a difference.

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

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