Los Angeles among five sites for Obama Foundation grant
Partnering with Boys and Men of Color
OW Staff Writer | 11/29/2018, midnight
“California is incubating and growing innovative programs that reduce barriers and unlock opportunities for boys and young men of color,” said Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation. “We are proud to bring our insights and community-informed practices from Los Angeles to the national movement that the Obama Foundation is driving. Together, we can sow the seeds for life success and break apart the systems that hold our young men back.”
Through the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, launched by President Obama in 2014, nearly 250 communities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia accepted the call to action to adopt innovative approaches, strengthen supports, and build ladders of opportunity for boys and young men of color and other underserved youth. The Challenge called for local public and private leaders to convene their communities and youth to develop a local action plan, which would include concrete goals, a protocol for tracking data, benchmarks for tracking progress, and available resources to support communities’ efforts.
The California Funders for Boys and Men of Color (CFBMoC) brings together executives from the state’s leading philanthropic institutions to help shape a better future for boys and men of color in the state. The CFBMoC aligns the resources, networks and voices of California foundations to build the momentum, public will and policy attention necessary to improve outcomes and expand opportunities for African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander and Native American boys and young men.