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New Report Finds Increased Investment on Black Male Achievement in Cities Around the Country
Index Scores 50 Cities on Promise, Action Steps
New York, NY – Today, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) released a new report that finds cities have increased investment and action to support Black men and boys in cities across the U.S. Promise of Place: Building Beloved Communities for Black Men and Boys gauges city-level commitment to Black males through a Black Male Achievement City Index, which scores 50 cities according to their promise in helping Black men and boys succeed, and outlines clear action steps to make further strides.
“As CBMA celebrates a decade of working to uplift Black men and boys as assets to our communities and our country, we issued this report to track city-level commitment, investment and action to advance Black Male Achievement,” said Campaign for Black Male Achievement CEO Shawn Dove. “CBMA’s core mission is to elevate the local leaders and hometown heroes that are driving this important work forward in their cities. With the field updates, promising strategies, and models of courageous leadership presented in Promise of Place, we are encouraged and emboldened even as we recognize there is still much more to do in improving life outcomes and opportunities for our Black men and boys.”
The second edition Promise of Place finds that, even as support at the national level is eliminated or scaled back, cities are leading the way to champion Black Male Achievement. The new report finds 62 percent higher level of engagement for advancing Black male achievement across all 50 cities included in the index. Detroit and Washington, D.C. remain the two highest scored cities with a score of 95 while Jackson, MS, Seattle, WA, Omaha, NE, and Mobile, AL had the greatest progression in scores since 2015. Cities not captured in the first report—such as Denver, CO, and Yonkers, NY—have since become highly engaged in leading Black Male Achievement efforts.
“We need every resident in every city to thrive,” said Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver, CO. “We will not succeed if we find it acceptable to leave young men, young boys, or anybody behind. In Denver, we have scaled our investments in young men of color as part of My Brother’s Keeper or MBK. We share the vision of the MBK Alliance to make the American Dream available to all boys and young men of color by eliminating gaps in their opportunities and outcomes.”
Increased engagement and support is critical to counter the challenges Black men and boys continue to face compared to other demographic groups. For example, Black men born in 2001 have a 1 in 3 likelihood of imprisonment compared to a 1 in 9 chance of all men; 25 percent of Black children do not graduate high school on time, compared to the national average of 17 percent.
“Homicides remain the leading cause of death for Black males. Violence doesn’t just harm young Black men and boys—violence inflicts trauma on entire families, neighborhoods, and communities,” said Anthony Smith, Executive Director, Cities United. “City-led approaches are needed to reduce the barriers that Black men and boys face and build safe, healthy, and hopeful communities for everyone. We are encouraged by the widespread city-level engagement captured in the new Promise of Place report.”
The new report spotlights high-scoring cities and “Building Block” cities that represent model policies and practices as well as cities on the horizon—municipalities beginning to scale up their investment in Black men and boys. Cities were scored on: demographics; city-led commitment to Black men and boys; membership in the CBMA national network; local presence of national initiatives focused on Black men and boys; and level of philanthropic funding in this sector going to support local organizations.
Visit cbma.org/promiseofplace to:
- Download the full report,
- Browse the Index, interactive national map, and download scorecards for all 50 cities, and
- Learn what cities can do to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN FOR BLACK MALE ACHIEVEMENT:
Established in 2008 as an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. In 2015, CBMA spun off from the Open Society Foundations as an independent entity that, through a national community of over 5,200 members and 2,700 organizations, empowers and connects local leaders and organizations to share knowledge, resources, and best practices to strengthen the field of Black Male Achievement. Learn More at cbma.org.
We’re thrilled to announce the release of the 2017 edition of Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys.
Amidst current racial tensions in the United States and the ever-shifting social and political landscape, the report analyzes foundation funding explicitly targeted to improve the life outcomes of Black men and boys. The report also examines strategies and milestones in the field of Black male achievement and how philanthropy can build on this work for stronger coordination and greater impact.
This report is jointly produced by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Foundation Center.
Emmett Carson, CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, wrote the foreword to a new report from Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement titled Quantifying Hope 2017: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys. In it, he asserts that philanthropic foundations must use their voices to correct racial inequality and social injustice.
“Foundations can no longer espouse mission statements that commit them to pursue a better world as it relates to some particular endeavor and turn deaf, blind, and mute on issues of social injustice that threaten our democracy,” he writes.
Read the complete text of the foreword on the Silicon Valley Community Foundation blog (also available in a PDF version).
Read the latest report from the National League of Cities, The City Leader’s Compass to the MBK Landscape. The report highlights a comprehensive set of tangible steps cities can take to change systems and improve outcomes for BMoC.
Read ABFE’s latest report, Beyond Plight: Defining Pathways to Optimal Development for Black Men and Boys across the Life Course.
The observations and recommendations within Beyond Plight were based upon input from funders and practitioners who have invested resources and brain power into better outcomes for Black men and boys – some for their entire professional careers.
The Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is a network of national, regional, and community foundations working together to redefine opportunity for boys and men of color, their families, and their communities.
See their 2016 Impact Report, which “does not claim results on population-level indicators, but instead tells the story of what our foundations are doing to get there and how they are doing it,” writes executive director Damon T. Hewitt.
“Using key metrics and stakeholder interviews, we profile some notable collaborations and identify the lessons our network and the BMOC field can take into 2017 and beyond—a period we now know will be more challenging than any in recent memory.”
Read this latest report from IZA Institute of Labor Economics that shows how assigning a Black male to a Black teacher in third, fourth, or fifth grades significantly reduces the probability that he drops out of high school, particularly among the most economically disadvantaged Black males.
This Washington Post article highlights he findings from Economic Policy Institute’s report, Mass Incarceration and Children’s Outcomes: Criminal Justice Policy is Education Policy. The report says the “evidence is overwhelming that the unjustified incarceration of African American fathers (and, increasingly, mothers as well) is an important cause of the lowered performance of their children” and of the racial achievement gap.
- By the age of 14, approximately 25 percent of African American children have experienced a parent — in most cases a father — being imprisoned for some period of time. On any given school day, approximately 10 percent of African American schoolchildren have a parent who is in jail or prison, more than four times the share in 1980.
- The comparable share for white children is 4 percent; an African American child is six times as likely as a white child to have or have had an incarcerated parent.
- A growing share of African Americans have been arrested for drug crimes, yet African Americans are no more likely than whites to sell or use drugs. Of imprisoned fathers of African American children, only one-third are in prison because of a violent crime.
- Research in criminal justice, health, sociology, epidemiology, and economics demonstrates that when parents are incarcerated, children do worse across cognitive and noncognitive outcome measures — and the incarceration is a key cause. For example, children of incarcerated parents are more likely to drop out of school; develop learning disabilities; misbehave in school; suffer from migraines, asthma, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and homelessness.
A youth-led study, funded by Target, looked at young people’s experiences in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, and St. Paul. Its findings indicate that young people are living with pervasive stress; are under siege — over-policed, undervalued, and marginalized; and don’t feel safe in their schools or communities.
Read the Vera Institute of Justice’s report, New Orleans: Who’s in Jail and Why? It aims to advance an important public conversation about how we are using out jail and how it impacts safety in our city.
Until recently, New Orleans led the nation in jail incarceration: before Katrina, we jailed people at a rate five times the national average. The consequences were dramatic for the tens of thousands of people booked into the jail each year who lost their jobs, homes, and even custody of their children. Instead of making us the safest city in America, this over-use of detention destabilized communities.