MEE Productions’ newest report, Heard, Not Judged: Insights into the Talents, Realities and Needs of Young Men of Color, delves into the everyday life, concerns, and obstacles facing boys and men of color.
It provides detailed findings about what boys and young men of color need in order to help them overcome the challenges and obstacles they face in their day-to-day lives. The report highlights the voices of young men in Oakland, New York City, Baltimore, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Detroit as they opened up and shared what is on their minds and in their hearts. Among other things, the report focuses on four main areas:
- Values: This section explores the personal values of low-income, urban African-American males and the obstacles they face (real or perceived).
- Success and Optimal Health: This section aims to understand how African-American males define success, optimal health (physical, emotional, mental, etc.), and understand what they need in order to thrive, rather than merely survive.
- Competition/Winning/Skills and Creative Talents: This section aims to understand how African-American males define and value competition. They talked about their personal talents and abilities and how those helped them compete in life.
- Existing Resources for African-American Males: African-American males discussed the quantity and quality of resources available to them, both via online/digital tools and in their respective home communities.
The Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum finds in their latest report, How African American-Led Organizations Differ From White-Led Organizations, that nonprofit organizations led by African Americans in Philadelphia are smaller, have fewer financial resources, and are more dependent on government grants than their white-led counterparts. These circumstances leave African American-led nonprofits more vulnerable to changes in government funding and to financial recessions. Participants in the study acknowledged the need to diversify their funding streams.
The Disparity Report, commissioned by the New York City Young Men’s Initiative and developed by the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, provides a snapshot of where New York City’s young people of color stand in relation to their peers in the areas of education, economic security and mobility, health and wellbeing, and community and personal safety. The analysis, which disaggregates data by race and gender, found that while there have been decreases in several disparities for young men and women of color, disparities persist.
The University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education released an update to its 2012 report, examining Black male student-athletes’ six-year graduation rates. The purpose of the report is to make transparent racial inequities in the Power 5 conferences.
The Mayor’s Commission on African American Males (MCAAM) presented its 2015 Recommendations Report to Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter on December 15th. The report presentation was in concert with the mayor signing a bill that will allow for a ballot question on the 2016 primary election ballot that will create a permanent Commission on African American Males. This ensures a full time Executive Director and 30 member commission to focus on those systemic barriers faced by African American males in Philadelphia and offer recommendations on public policy change and or creation to the current mayor. The report embodied the work of the MCAAM to date and presented the mayor with its recommendations for the way forward.
In a recent post on PhilanTopic, Phillip Henderson, president of the Surdna Foundation, writes about the importance of mission statements and the impact achieved through naming what it is that your foundation cares about. The Surdna Foundation’s process to understanding its core mission and values is featured in a new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: Families Funding Change: How Social Justice Giving Honors Our Roots and Empowers Communities.
The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) launched a report that tracks and analyzes Black Male Achievement work taking place in cities across the U.S. The Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement unveils the BMA City Index, which scores a city’s level of engagement and committed action helping Black men and boys reach their full potential. The report is the first step in a comprehensive strategy by CBMA to advance Black Male Achievement in cities across the country.
Along with the BMA Life Outcomes Dashboard, the report provides key baseline data for cities across the country to help accelerate tangible improvements in life outcomes for Black males. The report also outlines clear action steps to help cities make further strides toward responding to the needs of our men and boys.
The 50 cities selected in the inaugural BMA City Index represent 12 large, 18 mid-sized, and 20 small cities. These cities are collectively home to more than 5.5 million Black men and boys, representing more than 30 percent of all Black men and boys in the United States.
As Shawn Dove states in the report, “To use a financial investment analogy, I would emphasize that this report should be viewed more as a prospectus that shows the future promise and potential return to society from making Black Male Achievement investments in cities, rather than a past earnings report on what cities have accomplished to date. We are simply not there yet. While there are pockets of promise across the country, no city is yet in a position where it can claim victory for its work improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys.”
Visit cityindex.blackmaleachievement.org to:
- Download the full report;
- Quickly gauge your city’s level of engagement, and see how it stacks up against other cities across the country;
- Browse the Index and an interactive national map;
- Download scorecards for all 50 cities; and
- Learn what your city can do to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys.
On July 17, 2015 CLASP hosted its annual forum on boys and young men of color in Washington, D.C. “Investing in Young Men of Color as Community Assets.” Watch video of the event, read the transcript from the forum, or read the newly released brief.
We’re pleased to share with you our latest report, Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys.
The research brief analyzes U.S. funding trends for Black men and boys and describes recent initiatives in the field of Black male achievement.
The study finds that in 2012, the latest year for which data are available, 98 foundations made grants worth $64.6 million explicitly designed to benefit Black men and boys. This figure was up from $40.4 million in the previous year and continues an upward trend. More than half of all foundation funding for Black males from 2003 to 2012 was distributed in the latest three years.
Learn more here.
See “The Opportunity Survey: Understanding the Roots of Attitudes on Inequality in America” webinar slides.
In 2014, The Opportunity Agenda commissioned a nationwide survey to examine where the public currently stands on opportunity and to measure public support for policies to expand opportunity across a range of issues, including poverty, criminal justice, and housing. The survey oversampled very low-income adults (50% below the Federal Poverty Level), black men, and Asian Americans — groups whose voices are often missing from opinion research.
The findings suggest that Americans — and in many cases, black men in particular — are primed for action and ready to organize across issues to make transformative and lasting social change. Support for greater and more equal opportunity resonated with diverse audiences and the rising American electorate. Millennials, Asian Americans, people of faith, African Americans, Latinos, and progressives are all coming together to amplify opportunity.
The Opportunity Survey website and report provide tools for advocates and organizers currently working on pressing issues, ranging from racial justice and poverty to fair housing, immigration, and criminal justice reform.