Read this article by Dr. Robert Ross of the California Endowment to determine whether your foundation is truly wading into the epic battle unfolding against inequality in our nation or is sitting it out.
This is a year in which we find our nation deeply divided, frenetic, and torn. Populist uprisings sweep the nation and infiltrate the discourse surrounding the most electrifying presidential campaign in at least a half-century. Many working-class white Americans and frustrated young people of color have channeled their anger through anti-establishment candidates, expressing disgust with Wall Street-dominated political influence. With the emergence of Black Lives Matter, structural racism has been officially called out as a crisis in America. The Dreamers movement unleashes activist energy in favor of immigration reform, even in the face of political paralysis in Congress.
The issue of inequality in America is intense, urgent, and pressing.
Part of a groundbreaking event series launched in 2010, “Black Male Re-Imagined III” featured timely discussions that explore how Black men and women are portrayed in the mainstream, with a particular focus on issues such as: dissecting media coverage of police violence against Black people; the intersection and inclusion of issues facing Black men, women, gay and trans people; the disparities in attention and action focused on Black women victims of systemic and domestic violence; exploring Black Masculinity (with a panel sponsored by Mic.com); the relationships between Black fathers and daughters; the power of the arts in driving social change and activism, and more.
Watch the sessions from the event here.
You are invited to participate in a new webinar series examining the barriers that limit the health and success of boys and young men of color and the promising solutions that are helping them to access quality early education, stay in school and graduate, and cope with chronic exposure to trauma and violence.
Participants can engage with some of the nation’s leading youth experts on ways to expand opportunities for boys and young men of color.
- October 21, 2016 | 3 – 4PM ET | Getting In, Staying In: Boys of Color in Early Childhood Education
- November 14, 2016 | 3 – 4PM ET | The High School Finish Line: Pathways to Graduation for Boys/Young Men of Color
- December 12, 2016 | 3 – 4PM ET | Boys & Young Men of Color: Facing Trauma, Finding Healing and Wellbeing
CBMA Promise of Place Webinar: A Focus on Excellence – Raising The Bar For Cities Supporting Black Men & Boys!
Beginning Tuesday, October 18th, join our network of cross-sector leaders as we launch the 2016 “Promise of Place Webinar Series,” based on our 2015 report“Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement.” Taking place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for the remainder of the year, these webinars will offer specific strategies that encourage cities, networks, organizations and individuals to make tangible progress in their efforts to improve life outcomes and opportunities for Black men and boys.
How do we mobilize and leverage our commitment, relationships and community assets to establish excellence as the standard for the well-being of Black men and boys? The Promise of Place report highlighted 3 key values that cities must embrace to make progress toward this reality:
- Collective Work and Responsibility: Creating Space for All Concerned, Bound Together by Commitment and Accountability
- Respect and Recognition: Affirming and Re-imagining Black Men and Boys as Assets in Communities
- Bold Goals and Outcomes: Setting Aspirational Goals to Guide Collective Work
Each webinar will offer specific strategies to encourage cities, networks, organizations and individuals to make tangible progress in their efforts to offer promise in the places that Black men and boys reside, as well as provide insights on future city based efforts that CBMA will coordinate. We will also spotlight a different city and the progress they are making to become places of promise for Black men and boys.
See the dates and spotlight cities below to register for the webinars:
The gap between rich and poor is by some measures as wide as its been in nearly a century.Many people think that income and wealth inequality is a problem that can only be solved by government. Not Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation.
“Business actually is essential to solving the problems of our societies today, wherever they operate in the world. And so I’d like to think that the best businesses see themselves, of course, first and foremost committed to shareholder value, to their customers, to their employees, to their communities, and that they see themselves as part of the problem-solving ecosystem in American and the world.”
Watch and read more from the interview here.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) worked with a research team for more than a year to better understand how to expand the conversation around young men of color. Through focus groups around the country and a national survey, the team learned important and practical lessons about how to build the support needed. To share these findings, RWJF released a new toolkit, Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities: Making the Case to Help Young Men of Color Succeed.
Read the full story: http://www.rwjf.org/en/culture-of-health/2015/12/removing_barriersan.html
Use your professional skills to increase opportunities for black men and boys to realize their full potential.
CBMA.catchafire.org, a partnership between the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Catchafire, helps people find short-term, skills-based volunteer opportunities with nonprofits working to improve the lives of black men and boys.
“Your day job could help tackle the black male achievement gap.” Mashable 1/21/2015.
BMAfunders.org highlights innovative efforts across the country to change systems, improve life outcomes, and decrease disparities for black males.
Our latest case study is Exodus Foundation.org, a faith-based operating foundation in North Carolina with the mission of stopping the flow of African Americans to prison. In addition to its mentoring program, the Foundation aims to change the policies and structures that have led to the inordinate number of African Americans, other minorities, and the poor in the U.S. criminal justice system.
Read more about Exodus Foundation’s work: its successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
See this new tool by the Institute for Black Male Achievement (IBMA) to track opportunity for black males, nationally and in 16 selected cities. The BMA Life Outcomes Dashboard was created to help those working to support black men and boys:
- Assess how black males are faring nationally and locally;
- Choose measures that best correspond with their goals; and
- Adopt promising and proven policies and practices to improve life outcomes for black men