Public/Private Partnerships

Increasingly, foundations are partnering with local, state, and federal government to address the challenges facing Black men and boys. These cross-sector partnerships leverage resources and raise awareness to advance policies and create initiatives that benefit Black males and their communities.

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In the Field

JPMorgan Chase & Co.: My Brother’s Keeper

In 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. JPMorgan Chase & Co. responded to Obama’s call to action.


New York City: Young Men’s Initiative (YMI)

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YMI is New York City’s comprehensive effort to address disparities between young African-American and Latino men and their peers, funded by the City, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Open Society Foundations.


City of New Orleans: NOLA FOR LIFE


NOLA FOR LIFE is Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s strategy to “flip the script” on New Orleans’ street violence — to end gun violence, promote prevention, offer jobs, and rebuild neighborhoods.


National League of Cities: Cities United

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The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families partnered with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to launch Cities United, a national strategy to reduce the violent deaths of Black males.


Oakland Unified School District: African-American Male Achievement Initiative

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The African-American Male Achievement Initiative aims to reverse the academic and social inequities facing African-American male youth in the Oakland Unified School District.


California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color: Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

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The California Endowment partnered with the California Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color to organize a series of public hearings, culminating in a comprehensive report and action plan to improve the lives of California’s young men.


City of Milwaukee: Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative

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Mayor Tom Barrett formalized the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (MFI) with seed money from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and in-kind support from the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee.