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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

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

Reviewing our Call to Action

December 21, 2017

Renewing Our Call to Action responds to the October 2015 Youth Perspective Report completed by the City of Columbus to support their expanding work in the My Brother's Keeper Initiative. As a part of that report's recommendations, the City of Columbus seeks to work with the community to collaboratively set short and long-term goals with measurable targets, or common benchmarks of success.In an effort to bring the community together around youth initiatives, the City of Columbus commissioned the Kirwan Institute to develop a report to learn more about the local landscape of youth vulnerability, and to get a better understanding of existing assets at the neighborhood level. This report provides a portrait of youth vulnerability and resources across Columbus, and outlines how we can work together to raise the bar and close achievement gaps in order to ensure that all youth in Columbus have the opportunity to succeed. Renewing Our Call to Action is the first step of a recommitment to building a community that provides opportunity for all.

Boys and Men of Color; Neighborhoods and Communities

What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

September 1, 2017

This report looks at the "enormous survival challenges facing Black males of all ages in communities across Baltimore." The recommendations presented in this initial report are intended to establish a blueprint that can be used to focus city-wide collaborations and refine programmatic strategies to realistically address the alarming challenges faced by Black male youth.

Boys and Men of Color; Neighborhoods and Communities

Interventions for Reducing Violence and its Consequences for Young Black Males in America

August 1, 2017

Building on Cities United 2016 report: Violence Trends, Patterns and Consequences for Black Males in America: A Call to Action, this report presents the results of an extensive scan of the research literature relating to violence prevention interventions. It identifies programs and practices that have proven effecting in reducing violence and violent deaths among African American males. It illustrates that evidence-based interventions exist that can be implemented in our families, schools, places of employment, hospitals and communities. These interventions can prevent violence rather than simply meting out punishment in its wake. In its conclusion, the report offers a summary of its findings and recommendations to help inform local violence prevention efforts across the nation.

Health; Neighborhoods and Communities

4 Proven Violence Reduction Strategies

June 1, 2017

Launched in 2011, Cities United is a national movement focused on eliminating the violence in American cities related to African American men and boys. The 86 mayors participating in Cities United intend to reduce violence by 50%, by the year 2020, in each of their cities. Moreover, they are committed to restoring hope to their communities and building pathways to justice, employment, education, and increased opportunities for residents.As a resource, Cities United helps mayors assess their current situations, increasing opportunities for awareness, action, advocacy, and accountability in communities across the country. The organization provides assistance with planning and implementing solutions by sharing best practices, instituting innovative approaches, and understanding how and where to recon figure resources.To that end, this publication highlights four effective violence reduction strategies employed by many Cities United member cities. These four strategies have proven effective at reducing Black male victimization.The four strategies – Ceasefire, Hospital-based Violence Intervention, Operation Peacemaker Fellowship, and Cure Violence – have similar principles and characteristics and are sometimes confused for one another across the country. While the confusion is sometimes problematic, it's largely due to the common best practices implemented by each strategy. Those best practices include:Identifying and focusing on individuals, groups, and neighborhoods at the highest risk of being involved in gun violence.Engaging those individuals in a trusting relationship with trained case managers/life coaches/outreach workers.Providing services, supports, and opportunities to the participants.Several Cities United partner cities are utilizing these strategies. Ceasefire is being successfully implemented in Oakland, CA; New Orleans, Louisville and Minneapolis are all instituting Hospital-based Violence Intervention programs; Cure Violence has been replicated in many CU partner cities, including Philadelphia; and the Richmond, CA Operation Peacemaker Fellowship model is being launched in several cities in beginning in 2017.The following brief is an overview of each of these four proven strategies with a list of resources at the conclusion for those cities seeking to gain more information.You can find other examples of what's working at

Neighborhoods and Communities

The State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, South Carolina 2000-2015

January 1, 2017

This report highlights the social and economic conditions disproportionately impacting Charleston county's black population. 

Neighborhoods and Communities; Poverty

The Counter Narrative: Reframing Success of High Achieving Black and Latino Males in Los Angeles County

December 6, 2016

This report highlights young men who are the products of high expectations. We take time to shine a spotlight on the resilient, intelligent, and caring young men across Los Angeles County. This report takes an unapologetic stance in stating that these young men who are thriving in their homes, taking on leadership roles in their schools, and making a difference in their communities. This report is not intended to be full of the doom and gloom about what is wrong with young Black and Latino men. To the contrary, we take the time to center their voices, hear their stories, and listen to their takeaways about how they have accomplished what they are doing and the recommendations that they offer on how to support other Black and Latino young men just like them.

Boys and Men of Color; Education; Neighborhoods and Communities

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

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

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

Building Place-Based Initiatives for Boys and Men of Color and Vulnerable Populations: A Community Planning Guide

September 1, 2015

This guide provides information about how communities can implement the next phase of achieving priority outcomes for boys and men of color. It focuses on two critical areas of work: 1) how to conduct a policy review and formulate recommendations for action and 2) how to develop an action plan. The following sections contain specific guidelines for taking these next steps. In addition, the appendices include a template for organizing the policy review and suggested components of the action plan.

Boys and Men of Color; Neighborhoods and Communities

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

2015 Champion of Children: Boys of Color, Boys at Risk Report

June 2, 2015

This report documents the many challenges facing young boys of color, challenges that if left unaddressed, imperil their successful entry into adulthood and their ability to be flourishing, productive members of our community. In this report we also highlight what is essential for creating an environment where boys of color can thrive.

Boys and Men of Color; Neighborhoods and Communities; Poverty

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