Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Young Men of Color Initiative Details Its Investments
Member institutions of the Executives' Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color have collectively awarded millions of dollars in the past year to improve education outcomes, reduce incarceration, ensure police accountability and bolster job readiness.
These policy and programmatic efforts are chronicled in a new report titled Investments for Change, which provides selected highlights of some of these investments, activities and impacts. Its release coincides with the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, a national call to action to create ladders of opportunity for the nation's boys and men of color.
"Though the philanthropic sector has a decades-long history of supporting boys and men of color, this past year represented a new, critical chapter in our work," said Robert K. Ross (President and CEO of The California Endowment), and Tonya Allen (President and CEO of the Skillman Foundation), who serve as co-chairs of the Executives' Alliance. "Foundations across the nation are creating a brighter future for our sons and brothers and their communities, focusing on removing systemic barriers to opportunity while also supporting individuals. These efforts will make all families, communities and our nation stronger...."