"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.
The theme of the conference – Learn, Build, Move – focused on knowledge sharing, strategy coordination, and action planning on behalf of males of color.
The field contains researchers, policymakers, funders, practitioners, journalists, and social entrepreneurs all across the country who are passionate leaders dedicated to the work; there is potential for tension among the various actors but also opportunities for exciting collaborations.
The narrative of young men of color must be reframed, myths must be debunked, and males of color must have opportunities to have control of their own stories.
Success for males of color must become the norm and not the exception.
Among the many challenging questions, one dominates: How do we build public will about males of color?
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This collection aggregates publicly available reports, case studies, and evaluations focused on black men and boys and represents a vast amount of collective intelligence developed over the years by nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations working in the field. It is our hope that grantmakers, practitioners, academics, policymakers, and others will be able to use the knowledge gathered here to inform their work. The collection is continually growing and we welcome suggestions for additions. Send your recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.