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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

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

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

Furious Flowers: Using Black Arts Inquiry and Pedagogy to Engage Black Males

April 1, 2014

This essay urges a turn to ways of knowing, valuing, and meaning making based on inquiry and teaching around cultural ideas espoused during the Black Arts Movement (1965-1976). As an alternative paradigm, Black Arts inquiry and pedagogy is presented as a functional extension of African American cultural knowledge and life praxes. A Black Arts curricula encourages critical resistance to ideologies imposed by the dominant culture and promotes development of culturally based aesthetic and materialist approaches that make worthwhile use of African American cultural knowledge.

Boys and Men of Color; Education; Media and the Arts

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

Unlimited: A "Lessons Learned" Guide From What It Takes E-Mentoring With African American Males

October 17, 2013

This guide offers program developers and implementers key considerations when integrating technology-influenced mentoring into an existing program serving African-American young men. The guidelines were influenced by Urban Youth's lessons learned from its What It Takes E-Mentoring Initiative.

Media and the Arts; 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

Transforming Perception: Black Men and Boys

March 6, 2013

While there has been progress in the U.S. in terms of racial attitudes and opportunities, black men and boys continue to face challenges. This report presents original research, along with current studies in social psychology and neuroscience, offering an empirically grounded analysis of how emotions and fears about race shape behaviors and biases.

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

Transforming the Educational Experience of Young Men of Color

March 1, 2012

The first of a four-volume series on the role of school counseling in the education of young men of color, this report includes short essays, student-produced artwork, and an interview on the topic.

Boys and Men of Color; Education; Identity; Media and the Arts

Portrayal and Perception: Two Audits of News Media Reporting on African American Men and Boys

November 1, 2011

The Heinz Endowments' African American Men and Boys Task Force conducted an audit of media reporting on black men and boys in Pittsburgh. Based on content analysis of newspapers and evening newscasts, in addition to a survey and video interviews, the findings highlight a media scene that underrepresents African-Americans males, especially in terms of their positive achievements.

Crime and Justice; Identity; Media and the Arts; Neighborhoods and Communities

Opportunity for Black Men and Boys: Public Opinion, Media Depictions, and Media Consumption

October 31, 2011

Presents a review of literature that looks at how media representations affect the lives of black men and boys, as well as analyses of public opinion research on race, implications for promoting black male achievement, and black men's media consumption.

Crime and Justice; Discrimination; Fatherhood; Identity; Media and the Arts; Poverty

Cultural Responsiveness, Racial Identity and Academic Success: A Review of Literature

June 29, 2009

Commissioned by the Heinz Endowments, this paper reviews the literature on "culturally responsive pedagogy" and the arts. Academic success among African Americans is correlated with education that incorporates racial identity and socialization and a focus on resiliency and culturally relevant concepts. The arts are an ideal venue for such educational programs.

Boys and Men of Color; Education; Identity; Media and the Arts; Neighborhoods and Communities; Philanthropy

Cultivating Change: A Statistical Review of Grantmaking That Impacts the Lives of Black Men and Boys

June 29, 2008

Based on a survey of 24 foundations distributing 120 grants for black men and boys, the report analyzes foundation and grant characteristics, provides implications for philanthropy, and lists the grants used in the dataset.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Crime and Justice; Education; Fatherhood; Health; Media and the Arts; Philanthropy; Poverty

Man Up: Recruiting and Retaining African American Male Mentors

June 1, 2008

While one-on-one mentoring has a proven positive effect on children, little research has been done on the role of mentoring in the African American community, particularly with regards to recruiting and retaining mentors. Urban Leadership Institute has surveyed 576 African American males and a number of community-based mentoring programs to examine the barriers to serving as a mentor and ways to promote mentoring and effective training.

Identity; Media and the Arts; Neighborhoods and Communities; Philanthropy

African American Male Initiative

April 1, 2008

The Kirwan Institute presents a call to action to close gaps in the literature on African-American males and to move forward with policy solutions based on what is already known. The paper summarizes findings from an extensive literature review, a national advisory board and a national conference, and a project on mapping opportunity.

Crime and Justice; Education; Employment; Fatherhood; Health; Media and the Arts; Neighborhoods and Communities; Poverty

A Positive Future for Black Boys: Building the Movement

December 1, 2006

After identifying black boys as the population that is the least well served by U.S. public education, the Schott Foundation hosted a conference which determined that public policy, community efforts, and the public would be necessary to reverse this outcome. The report presents findings on how to build a social movement and includes worksheets to serve as a template.

Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Education; Media and the Arts; Neighborhoods and Communities

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