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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Oakland Unified School District: African-American Male Achievement Initiative

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Photo: Michael Macor, San Francisco Chronicle      

The African-American Male Achievement Initiative was launched in 2010 by the Oakland Unified School District to reverse the academic and social inequities faced by young Black men. With funding from Atlantic Philanthropies, Kapor Center for Social Impact, Stuart Foundation, California Endowment, and others, the six-year initiative uses innovative methods—like Manhood Development Classes and “data walks” that detail schools’ educational outcomes—to close the achievement gap for African-American male students.