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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.