In effort to address the lack of inclusion in Detroit, the Skillman Foundation and Campaign for Black Male Achievement, launched the My Brother’s Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge. This $500,000 initiative invests in programs that seek to empower Detroit’s young men of color.
The six projects awarded were:
- Culture Creators: Helps young men become leaders, community builders and independent artists by merging arts, activism and entrepreneurship.
- Developing Despite Distance: Helps young men of color express complex emotions and connect with their incarcerated parents.
- Dream Deferred Project: Works with young adults who have left school and the workplace, reconnecting them in educational and economic opportunities.
- Giving Them The Business: Teaches young men of color practical skills to become owners and operators of restaurants using a full-service restaurant setting.
- JOURNi: Addresses the lack of opportunities for Detroit youth to develop tech and entrepreneurial skills.
- Our Town: offers neighborhood and city tours designed and lead by youth from Detroit’s east side.
Learn more here.
Join a diverse cohort of 24 fellows that will participate in a year-long Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship learning community that will help ensure individual effectiveness and impact in organizational leadership within the broader field of Black male achievement.
With support from the American Express Foundation, CBMA has designed and implemented a customized leadership development experience for a cohort of 24 emerging leaders in the Black male achievement field. The Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship will utilize the unique strengths and competencies of two Greensboro, North Carolina-based organizations: The Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center, along with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.
What is an innovative approach to end the unaccounted for and disproportionate killing of unarmed Black men and boys by the police? RISE BMOC invites rigorous solution-based thinking, inventiveness, and critical discussion on how to counter this phenomenon.
Focused on the four RISE populations (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans), the RISE Ideation Challenge Award seeks forward-thinking, asset-based, unconventional solutions to relevant issues within the five RISE fields (education, health, human services and social policy, juvenile and criminal justice, and workforce development). These awards will advance understandings of the relationship between opportunities, social conditions, and systems that affect Boys and Men of Color, and provide specificity in meeting the needs of certain communities. Through harnessing the ingenuity of such innovative ideas, RISE will make known the myriad ways of approaching solutions to both challenge and refine existing policies and practices that so often shortchange Boys and Men of Color.
- Announcement released February 13, 2017
- Applications due March 15, 2017
- Announcement of winner March 31, 2017
Submit your forward-thinking & unconventional solutions relating to BYMOC
For many foundations, collaboration is key to advocating for policy and practice change. But these kinds of partnerships can be challenging to execute well. “Sticking points”, like conflicts over decision-making power or competition for resources, can derail advocacy-focused efforts and make even the most earnest collaborator wary.
IssueLab’s new special collection on Multi-party Advocacy brings together 40+ reports and reflection pieces about multi-party advocacy efforts; providing valuable perspective on both the sticking points and how we might move through them. The collection was created as a complement to forthcoming resources on the same topic from IssueLab’s sister site, GrantCraft.
The Obama Foundation sets up shop, calling it a “design year” as they focus on developing the next generation of citizens — and what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century.
In partnership with the Human Rights Initiative and the Open Places Initiative, Open Society Foundations’ Youth Exchange is seeking applicants for its Community Youth Fellowships. The fellowship will support dynamic activists aged 18-25 who want to implement projects that advance human rights in underserved communities.
The California Endowment has announced a three-year, $25 million effort to protect the health, safety, and wellness of all Californians. In partnership with local and state agencies, the endowment’s Fight4All initiative will invest primarily in grantees of the foundation’s Building Healthy Communities initiative. And to cover the costs of the new program, the endowment will reallocate some of the funds it had planned to award to nonprofits working to implement Obamacare.
BMe Community is currently accepting applications of black men who are social entrepreneurs, innovators and difference-makers in greater Akron, Miami, Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. Top applicants will receive national recognition as BMe Leaders, a $10,000 grant, local recognition and travel to Washington DC to be inducted into a lifelong fellowship of their peers.
More information and application process available here.
The Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color issued an appeal to President Obama, urging him to use his authority in the remaining days of his presidency to grant the clemency petitions of thousands of people convicted of non-violent drug offenses.
Fourteen local leaders have been selected for a new six-month pilot program to help build the capacity of nonprofits working on behalf of boys and men of color in several counties across Georgia — including Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale.
- Chris Appleton, WonderRoot
- Kenneth Braswell, Fathers Incorporated
- Cheryl Livsey Bursh, Neighborhoods Focused On African-American Youth, Inc.
- Scott Chatman, A Titus Man
- Ian Cohen, Next Generation Men
- John S. Kennebrew, Showcase Group
- Waverly T. Lucas II, Ballethnic Dance Company, Inc.
- Catrina DaCosta McAfee, LaAmistad
- Ervin C. Owens, CABEL Foundation
- Mansoor Sabree, Inner-City Muslim Action Network
- Susanna Marie Spiccia, re:imagine/ATL
- Jason Terrell, Profound Gentlemen
- Lydia E. Thacker, YMCA of Metro Atlanta
- Kenneth Williams, The Scholarship Academy
The Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle is a joint effort by the Casey Foundation and Foundation Center South to help local leaders build partnerships, network and secure additional funding to develop educational and economic opportunities for this historically challenged population.
“We need to move from identifying the challenges boys and men of color face, to cultivating leaders who are willing to step up and address them,” said Kweku Forstall, who leads Casey’s work in Atlanta. “We hope the Circle will be an avenue for participants to evaluate promising approaches and advocate for much needed changes to the public policies and systems that have kept us from investing in boys and men of color as the assets they are — here in Georgia, and across the nation.”
Casey’s Changing the Odds report highlights many of the barriers boys and men of color face and the root causes in Atlanta, including:
- a history of segregation in public housing and zoning;
- under-resourced schools and poor learning environments; and
- the unequal distribution of jobs and career opportunities.
“Nonprofits supporting boys and men of color often tackle these complex barriers with tight budgets, small teams and limited opportunities for staff to learn, grow and regroup from the many demands that are common to the field,” said Utoia Gabby Wooten from the Foundation Center. “However, we are optimistic that with the right supports behind them, these leaders will breathe new life into Atlanta and help more boys and men of color navigate through life successfully.”
The executive leaders will meet monthly for interactive work sessions to develop strategies for engaging the philanthropic sector and generating revenue, and to create collaborative, community-based programming to close the persistent racial and equity gaps that exist in Atlanta.
The participants will also get the chance to present their collaborative projects to potential funders and compete for a grant of at least $25,000 to pilot their concept beginning in fall 2017.
For more information, contact Gabby Wooten.