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.
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, which particularly affects young African-American men. The campaign brings city agencies and nonprofits together to stop gun violence, promote prevention, offer jobs, and rebuild neighborhoods. Other strategies include mentoring, mental health treatment, re-entry programs, midnight basketball, housing assistance, and sending “violence interrupters” into neighborhoods to prevent retaliation murders. Housed at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the initiative began with $250,000 in seed money from the City and $1 million from Chevron.