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.
How Does Implicit Bias Influence Philanthropic Effectiveness? How well do you know your subconscious? Why does it matter? Proven science tells us that our conscious commitments to fairness and equality can be undermined by subconscious assumptions we may not even be aware of.
Join this interactive session with Jeanné Isler, Field Director at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy; Rachel Godsill, Director of Research at the Perception Institute and Crystal Echo Hawk, President and CEO of Echo Hawk Consulting and a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, to explore the definitions of implicit bias, its effect on all of us as individuals, and its influence on the decisions and trends in our philanthropic institutions. The webinar is hosted by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP).
March 16, 2016
EPIP Members: Free
Register at http://www.epip.org/webinar_implicit_bias_in_grantmaking
ABFE’s 2016 Annual Conference will commemorate 45 years of advocacy and service for promoting effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. The conference will be held from April 7 – 9, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland at the historic Lord Baltimore Hotel. The theme is “Empower Philanthropy! 2016 Annual Conference Presented by ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities – Celebrating 45 Years!”
Empower Philanthropy 2016 will offer workshops tailored specifically for each of ABFE’s three (3) core membership areas for strategic alignment and application of the best and most promising practices that promotes responsive philanthropy in Black communities, including grantmaking institutions, individual donors and non-profit organizations. This year’s conference will lift-up mutual alignments and fundamental cross sections of this work by:
- Spotlighting individuals, programs, policies and practices that create improved outcomes for Black communities; Uplift contemporary, innovative and cutting-edge philanthropic strategies through a racial equity lens
- Take a deep dive into the heart of philanthropy, for which systemic change is formed, and explore how leadership, infrastructure, constituency engagement and organizing for Black communities is governed; and
- Assemble thought leaders, key organizations and coalitions that share strategic investment practices and effective programs for Black communities.
Registration information can be found at www.empowerphilanthropy.org.
Join the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) for a series of webinars starting January 14.
January 14th @ 1:00 – 2:15pm ET
MBKA & MENTOR: Overview of Mentoring Boys and Men of Color and Pathways to the Mentoring Effect (click link to register)
Join MBKA for an engaging introduction to the growing movement to provide more caring adults to boys and men of color, as well as a discussion about ways that research suggests mentors can have an impact.
- Presenters include: (1) Mike Garringer – Director of Knowledge Management at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and 2) Steve Vassor – CEO of Amped Strategies
Thursday, January 21st @ 2:00 – 3:00pm ET
MBKA & Opportunity Youth Network: Leveraging the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act & Engaging Workforce Investment Boards (click link to register)
The new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA is shifting a substantial amount of focus and resources to serving out-of-school and out-of-work youth. Join us for this webinar to hear about this policy’s impact on the field and how you can engage your workforce investment board and leverage resources to serve opportunity youth and boys and men of color.
- Presenters include: (1) Alex Johnson – Capital Workforce Partners, and (2) Jennifer Kemp – U.S. Department of Labor
Wednesday, February 24th @ 1:00 – 2:15pm ET
MBKA & MENTOR: Review of the ‘Elements of Effective Practice’ for Mentoring Boys and Men of Color (click link to register)
This webinar will review the standard areas of the “Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™, Fourth Edition” with an emphasis on specific tips and strategies for serving boys and men of color effectively.
- Presenters include: (1) Mike Garringer – Director of Knowledge Management at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, and (2) Brian Sales – Director of Training & Technical Assistance at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
On Monday, January 18th, Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement hosted “MLK Now,” a special MLK Day event that celebrated and honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and explored how his message and vision continue to resonate in today’s racial, social and political landscape. Taking place at Harlem’s Riverside Church – where Dr. King performed his famous 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence” — the event featured speeches from Chris Rock, Oscar-Winner Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, Tony Award-Winner Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, and more. “MLK Now” also featured musical performances by Rose and Grammy-Nominated Artist Bilal and finished with an interactive panel discussion addressing the most pressing human rights issues of today – including police violence, racial and social injustice, economic inequality, the prison industrial complex and grassroots and political mobilization. Panelists included Filmmaker and Blackout Member Ryan Coogler; Grammy-Nominated Hip Hop Artist J. Cole; Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and Black Alliance for Just Immigration Executive Director Opal Tometi; Arab American Association of New York Executive Director Linda Sarsour; Million Hoodies Movement for Justice Executive Director Dante Barry; and Activist Leon Ford, Jr.
Blackout is a network of artists, entertainers, advocates, spiritual leaders, educators and everyday citizens who commit their collective resources towards addressing human rights violations in the U.S. Blackout is comprised of both high visibility and everyday citizens. Members include Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Charles King, Nate Parker, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover, Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, John Burris, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosa Clemente, Michael McBride, Shaka King, Scott Budnick, David Oyelowo, Pastor Michael McBride and others.
Watch a recording of the event at http://livestream.com/trcnyc/MLKNOW2016
Blacktech Week is an immersive week long series of events that brings together the most innovative young minds, creative influences and thought leaders of color to learn from the best, exchange ideas and address common challenges through engaging workshops, thoughtful discussions, and social interchange. This week long cultural celebration will highlight cutting-edge technologies and entrepreneurial innovation.
Blacktech Week takes place February 15-20 in Miami, Florida. Find out more at blacktechweek.com.
On February 11th, the City of Hampton, VA, Cities United, and Casey Family Programs will convene the “Urgency of Now”, a gathering which will include panelists and presenters who will share information with the Hampton Roads community on national initiatives that address youth violence and Black Male Achievement. This event is an intentional opportunity to raise awareness about resources available for youth and young adults in the community, recruit committed volunteers, and allow concerned citizens the opportunity to directly connect with organizations that support positive outcomes for youth.