The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise program invites you to participate in a new webinar series examining the barriers that limit the health and success of boys and young men of color and the promising solutions that are helping them to access quality early education, stay in school and graduate, and cope with chronic exposure to trauma and violence.
This webinar (Nov 14, 2016, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET) looks at impediments to high school graduation such as harsh school discipline, places around the US that are showing progress in promoting high school graduation and ways to re-engage young men who have dropped of school.
Howard Addis, National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Kisha Bird, CLASP
Dwanna Nicole, Advancement Project
Join CLASP on October 28, from 12 pm – 3 pm EDT for “Reconnecting Justice: Pathways to Effective Reentry though Education and Training,” a public forum exploring the intersection between criminal justice reform and postsecondary education and employment.
The event will be held at FHI 360 in Washington, D.C. If you can’t attend in person, the event will be webcast live.
You are invited to participate in a new webinar series examining the barriers that limit the health and success of boys and young men of color and the promising solutions that are helping them to access quality early education, stay in school and graduate, and cope with chronic exposure to trauma and violence.
Participants can engage with some of the nation’s leading youth experts on ways to expand opportunities for boys and young men of color.
- October 21, 2016 | 3 – 4PM ET | Getting In, Staying In: Boys of Color in Early Childhood Education
- November 14, 2016 | 3 – 4PM ET | The High School Finish Line: Pathways to Graduation for Boys/Young Men of Color
- December 12, 2016 | 3 – 4PM ET | Boys & Young Men of Color: Facing Trauma, Finding Healing and Wellbeing
CBMA Promise of Place Webinar: A Focus on Excellence – Raising The Bar For Cities Supporting Black Men & Boys!
Beginning Tuesday, October 18th, join our network of cross-sector leaders as we launch the 2016 “Promise of Place Webinar Series,” based on our 2015 report“Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement.” Taking place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for the remainder of the year, these webinars will offer specific strategies that encourage cities, networks, organizations and individuals to make tangible progress in their efforts to improve life outcomes and opportunities for Black men and boys.
How do we mobilize and leverage our commitment, relationships and community assets to establish excellence as the standard for the well-being of Black men and boys? The Promise of Place report highlighted 3 key values that cities must embrace to make progress toward this reality:
- Collective Work and Responsibility: Creating Space for All Concerned, Bound Together by Commitment and Accountability
- Respect and Recognition: Affirming and Re-imagining Black Men and Boys as Assets in Communities
- Bold Goals and Outcomes: Setting Aspirational Goals to Guide Collective Work
Each webinar will offer specific strategies to encourage cities, networks, organizations and individuals to make tangible progress in their efforts to offer promise in the places that Black men and boys reside, as well as provide insights on future city based efforts that CBMA will coordinate. We will also spotlight a different city and the progress they are making to become places of promise for Black men and boys.
See the dates and spotlight cities below to register for the webinars:
Join this webinar hosted by The Opportunity Agenda on September 15, from 2 to 3pm EST.
Discussions about race and racism have come to the forefront in social and traditional media recently. This is largely thanks to broad-based movements like the Movement for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter, and their efforts to influence and center the national conversation on policing and justice. But while some have found their voices, many people still struggle with how to bring race into conversations about inequality, injustice, and what kind of country we want to be. Join our webinar to learn a few tips on talking about race, racism and bias, and examples from advocates who have learned how to have these important conversations in their work.
Save the date! Join the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the Perception Institute on Tuesday October 11 at the world-renowned Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. for “Black Male Re-Imagined III“.
It was be a full day of interactive discussions with leading voices from the media and entertainment industries. These conversations will be combined with live music, performances, art and films that consider how we re-imagine a society where the humanity of Black men and boys is valued and celebrated.
Join the conversation leading up to the event using the hashtag #BlackMaleReimagined.
The death of yet another Black man by police — in this case 23-year-old Sylville Smith — further elevated the distressing disparities and conditions too many communities of color are living through.
On Tuesday, August 23rd, CBMA and Cities United joined together to host a special call on Milwaukee, WI. Hear from local and national leaders about what has been happening in Milwaukee over the past couple of weeks, how they are transforming peril into promise in their city, and where we need to go from here.
Join the Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov) with the hashtag #ServingYMOC as they host a Twitter chat on Thursday, June 16 from 1 – 2pm EDT. They will discuss ways to help young men of color engage as leaders and contributors within their communities, and how providing opportunities for this engagement can support programs’ recruitment and retention efforts among young men.
More information available here.
Join the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Youth Vote! on May 23 & 24, 2016 for Black Men and Boys Day on Capitol Hill.
In April of 2015 the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Youth Vote! hosted its Inaugural Gathering of Black Men and Boys Day on Capitol Hill and Advocacy Training (BYV Black Male Initiative) at Howard University in partnership with the Ron Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center.
Through this initiative the Black Youth Vote’s Black Male Initiative program was able to train 200 men and boys on how to effectively engage members of Congress. Participants were encouraged to travel back to their home states and continue to utilize their newly developed skill of advocacy.
Through this initiative the participants were able to receive training by Former Congressman Kendrick Meeks prior to going on the congressional visits. This year BYV! will take 500 men and boys to advocate during congressional office visits on issues important to black men our theme is “Moving from protest to policy to polls”. They will also host a Lunch briefing on the State of Black Men.
The priority issues BYV! will focus on will be the importance of increasing incentives and support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities to attract more black male teachers and educators, Criminal Justice Reform, Fatherhood, Economic development and training opportunities. The Briefing will be from 10:00am -12:00pm with Legislative meetings scheduled between 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
More information available on Facebook.
Cities United is hosting its upcoming annual convening on May 3-5, in Birmingham, Alabama. The national convening of mayors, foundation and community leaders will focus on providing technical assistance and capacity-building strategies to support efforts to eradicate gun violence in Black communities across the U.S., particularly among Black males.
Visit CitiesUnited.org to learn more and to register.