Posts Tagged ‘News’

Building Beloved Community Leadership

Read about CBMA’s 2017 cohort of 24 fellows taking part in the Building Beloved Community Leadership initiative. This leadership development experience is customized for emerging leaders in the Black male achievement field. The fellows 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. A three-day leadership gathering in Greensboro, North Carolina with the Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center will serve as a catalyst for this twelve-month journey.

11-Year-Old Promotes Books for Black Boys

Read about Sidney Keys III, an 11-year-old from St. Louis who launched his own reading club for boys called Books N Bros. For a monthly membership fee of $20, participants receive a book, worksheets and a snack during meetings. A Black male mentor meets with the boys at each meeting. Looking to the future, Sidney envisions a Books N Bros club in cities across the nation.

NYS Education Dept Awards $6M in MBK Grants

The State Education Department (SED) awarded more than $6 million in grants to 42 school districts for the My Brother’s Keeper Family and Community Engagement Program. These grants will support programs to increase the academic achievement and college and career readiness of boys and young men of color while fostering the development of effective relationships with families to promote the success of all students.

Google Pledges $11.5M to Fight Racial Bias

Read this USA Today article to learn about Google’s $11.5 million pledge to organization combating racial disparities in the criminal justice system, double what it has given so far. And, in keeping with a company built on information, the latest wave of grants target organizations that crunch data to pinpoint problems and propose solutions.

HBCUs’ $1M Black Male Teaching Training Initiative

Read about the efforts of five public and private historically black colleges and universities, Southern University, Tuskegee University, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Alcorn State University and Claflin University, to recruit and train black males to serve as secondary teachers in underserved cities and towns. This is thanks in part to a three-year, $1.5 million grant awarded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, which helped to organize the training consortium.


$2.1M From Fund for Girls & Young Women of Color

The NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color has announced 2016 grants totaling $2.1 million in support of efforts to cultivate the leadership of young women of color as agents of structural change.

Launched by the New York Women’s Foundation and NoVo Foundation in 2014, the funder collaborative supports efforts aimed at fostering sustained structural change that disrupts generational cycles of poverty, abuse, and disinvestment and transforms the lives of young women of color.

JPMorgan Chase, $20M for Youth Career Education

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced $20 million in grants to 10 U.S. states to dramatically increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for careers. Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Wisconsin will each receive $2 million over three years to expand and improve career pathways for all high school students.

CalEndow Protects Safety Net Programs in CA

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.

OSF Initiative, Communities Against Hate

Open Society Foundations aims to support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric. Communities Against Hate is designed to bolster communities’ ability to resist the spread of hate and strengthen protections for their most vulnerable neighbors.

Learn most about Communities Against Hate, project eligibility criteria, and guidelines here.

Talking About Successful Black & Latino Boys

Read this LA Times article by Sonali Kohli about a UCLA report on why it’s important to talk about successful Black and Latino boys.

Researchers asked faculty at six Los Angeles County high schools to identify boys in grades 10 through 12 who either excelled academically, held leadership roles in extracurricular activities or showed resilience in their home lives. They interviewed those boys and asked them how they defined success, and what they felt had contributed to theirs. The new report highlights how high expectations at home, safe places such as community organizations and sports programs, and strong mentors at school motivate students who thrive.