Across our city, state, and country, scholars, advocates, government entities, and school districts are conducting innovative research, implementing effective practices, connecting directly with students, influencing policy, and forming community coalitions to address the disparities and barriers faced by boys and young men of color in our society. Many of these examples can serve to guide our continued research and program development. Though not exhaustive, below is a list of scholarly articles, mentoring programs, government initiatives, community and nonprofit organizations, and school-to-prison pipeline services.
Black Male Education Research Collection
The colletion at BMERC.org is meant to provide resources to academics, mentors and anyone in search of scholarship on black males in education. It brings together a comprehensive set of scholarly resources covering black males in educational settings in the United States. The focus is on higher education but includes everything from pre-k through all levels of continuing education. At the outset, our scope is on research, peer-reviewed journal articles, not including books or magazines, though possibly to include articles and book reviews. The plan is to highlight research and researchers from the collection with interviews, reports, and monthly videos on the homepage.
Mentor: National Mentoring Partnership
Serves the mentoring field by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools. They engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors driving time and money into high impact mentoring programs through advocacy, influence strategy, and public awareness.
Builds mentoring relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. Students work with their mentors one-on-one, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college aspiration, navigate the college application process, and build critical skills that lead to college success. They also provide curriculum, technology, and best practices to help nonprofits run effective programs in the iMentor model.
My Brother’s Keeper
President Obama’s initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.
City of Austin Mentor and Tutor Program
The program aims to help improve the quality of life for Austin’s students and was designed to encourage City employees to actively participate in AISD with a focus on low-performing schools. Allows City employees to volunteer in mentoring and tutoring roles with any of five programs approved by the Austin Independent School District.
NOLA for Life
New Orleans’ city-wide comprehensive murder reduction strategy that encompasses initiatives to stop local shootings, invest in prevention, promote jobs and opportunity, strengthen the New Orleans Police Department, and rebuild neighborhoods.
New York City Young Men’s Initiative
A cross-agency enterprise committed to finding new ways to tackle the crisis affecting its young Black and Latino men. NYC pledged to invest a combination of public and private funds to support new programs and policies designed to address disparities between young Black and Latino men and their peers across numerous outcomes related to education, health, employment, and the criminal justice system.
Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
A coalition of change agents committed to improving the life chances of California’s boys and young men of color. The Alliance includes youth, community organizations, foundations, and leaders in government, education, public health, and law enforcement across California.
American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen
A long-term public media commitment, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. Public media organizations, like KLRU, play a significant role building awareness and community capacity. In Central Texas, American Graduate is seeking a clearer understanding about the nature and impact of the dropout problem; which communities are most affected and the impact on our economy and society; and, convening organizations sharing common goals to increase graduation rates.
Boston Public Schools: Opportunity and Equity
Boston Public Schools report Opportunity and Equity: Enrollment and Outcomes of Black and Latino Males in Boston Public Schools examines the root causes of and potential solutions to the achievement gaps that exist for Black and Latino boys in the Boston Public School system. The report includes recommendations on expanding early education, a teacher diversity action plan and hiring autonomy for schools, expanding inclusive opportunities, expanding dual-language opportunities, strengthening supports for English Language Learners, and reducing suspensions and expulsions through a student-led Code of Conduct.
Vera Institute of Justice
Vera Institute of Justice issue brief Young Men of Color and the Other Side of Harm: Addressing Disparities in Our Response to Violence discusses what happens to the young men of color who survive violence and trauma. The brief identifies significant barriers that prevent young men of color from accessing victim services—social norms that make it less likely that young men will identify themselves as “victims” or be seen as such in our culture, distrust of the justice system in many communities of color based on prior negative experiences with law enforcement, and a lack of public and private resources to develop effective services.