Shawn Dove, CEO of CBMA, and Anthony Smith, executive director of Cities Unites, write in this Ebony article about how to prevent Black males like Markel Scott, who had focused on a bright future only to be cut down by gunfire, from being lost to violence. Relationships between law enforcement and communities of color must improve; public safety efforts must take place at the local, county, state, and federal levels; and we must invest in young Black men who reside in communities most affected by violence.
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Read Washington Post’s article covering Trabian Shorters, the founder of BMe Community, a group that wants to change the negative image of what is going on in the Black community and focus on all the good being done by Black men. BMe Community started when Shorters surveyed 2,000 Black men in Detroit and Philadelphia, and was surprised to find all of them already involved in their communities yet society still doesn’t give credit for them being part of the solution.
Read this Huffington Post article on why philanthropy must embrace discomfort and rapid change on the road to achieving equity, and steps to move forward.
“…philanthropy isn’t always bringing the right tools to the task to solve these big problems rooted in social inequity, and sometimes our field perpetuates inequities in the communities we claim to care about. We also witnessed well-heeled investors and donors turn away from philanthropy to band together and get resources on the ground faster than our organizations ever could. And while we proudly champion equity, we were, as a field, guilty of not practicing it.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.