CBMA reached a historic milestone, its 10-year anniversary. Originally launched as an three-year initiative of the Open Society Foundations, CBMA is now a nonprofit organization accelerating investments in Black men and boys.
Writes CEO Shawn Dove: “It is a challenge to embrace a celebratory mindset when I consider the paradox of promise and peril still facing America’s Black men and boys. Yes, we have come a long way, but what has gotten us here will not get us there. ‘There’ being our ability to point to a country that lives up to its ideals and is able to declare that it is a Promise of Place where Black men and boys, and all communities of color, are not merely surviving but thriving.”
Learn more at the anniversary website.
See the 2018 cohort for the American Express Leadership Academy at CBMA: Building Beloved Community Leadership. These diverse leaders, leading and contributing to BMA work in Detroit, Oakland, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Louisville and Greensboro will participate in a year-long learning community that will help ensure individual effectiveness and impact in organizational leadership within the broader field of Black Male Achievement.
Read how a new museum and memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, are looking to change the popular narrative about race and American history by examining the traumas of slavery and their connection to the present.
Read about My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation, and the launch of its MBK Community Challenge Competition.
In April 2018, MBK Alliance launched a national competition to identify and support several cities, towns, counties and Tribal Nations that accepted the MBK Community Challenge. We’re looking for MBK Communities that are making steady progress and have the potential to be proof points for what it takes to substantially improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color, especially as it relates to reducing youth violence and growing the pipeline of mentors having a measurable impact on boys and young men of color.
Submit an idea that helps improve outcomes for youth of color in Detroit. Detroit is experiencing a resurgence, but these new opportunities are not always accessible to everyone. Ensuring the inclusion of all residents, especially young men and women of color, is essential in our city’s recovery.
Since 2016, the MBK Detroit Innovation Challenge prompts Detroiters to engage with issues facing young men and women of color in the city and discover new ways to connect them with opportunity.
Deadline April 30th, midnight.
Read about Living Cities’ new racial equity lens. Living Cities, better known for its work on affordable housing, is doubling down on entrepreneurs of color. It aims to help entrepreneurs of color access capital, grow revenues and create good jobs.
Read the news about Robert F. Smith, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, and his $2.5 million donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to focus research on African-American men who are 73 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than any other race or ethnicity. The donation will also launch The Robert Frederick Smith Center of Precision Oncology Excellence in Chicago, Illinois – to aid veterans in the metropolitan area and beyond – who are battling prostate cancer.
Watch the trio team up to participate in the public service announcement We Are the Ones, an urgent rallying cry to young Americans from all backgrounds to take action, join the conversation and join the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance).
Read Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s announcement awarding $3.1 million in grants to promote health and success of boys and young men of color as part of its Empowerment Projects. The awards go towards nine organizations across the United States to provide culturally-relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma for BYMOC in schools, health systems, juvenile detention, and community-based settings.
Google.org announces $1 million to The Hidden Genius Project, an Oakland, CA-based organization that is working to increase the representation of black male youth in tech. By mentoring Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills, The Hidden Genius Project aims to shift perceptions of computer scientists and inspire the next generation of technologists.