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 Our Goal:  To improve the education, employment, health and safety outcomes of boys and men of color

Primary Population: African American, Latino, Native/Indigenous, and Asian/Pacific Islander boys and men.

Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) experience significant disparities in life outcomes and we all stand to benefit by ensuring that men of color have an opportunity to grow up healthy, receive a good education and become productive members of society.

In recent years, the Council, along with many partners across sectors, has focused particularly on the inequities facing boys and men of color. The Council convenes and staffs the Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, which works to eliminate disparities for boys and men of color in education, employment, health, and juvenile and criminal justice.

Our Approach

Our framework for this work involves bringing to bear our core competencies of research, policy, collaboration, innovation and advocacy to affect the levers of change that impact outcomes in health; education; youth development; criminal justice; and employment and wealth for boys and men of color.

  1. Public systems change: Advocating for development and implementation of policies, practices, programs and investments for positive change;
  2. Targeted and universal strategies and programs: Working to develop universal and targeted outcomes and strategies for specific ethnic and gender populations;
  3. Organizing and leadership development: Working to ensure that those most affected help to plan and lead change;
  4. Communications: Communicating with boys and men of color, their families and supporters, and the public to change the narrative about BMoC and build public will for change;
  5. Research and data: Conducting research to analyze data, establish indicators, and measure

See more about our framework here.

Current Projects

Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for BMoC

Formed in 2011, the Oakland–Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) is committed to improving outcomes for boys and men of color   in education, health and employment. The Alliance consists of public systems leaders and community partners who focus on identifying and implementing programs, practices and policies for improving outcomes for boys and men of color. The Alliance focuses its efforts on Latino, Black, Asian-Pacific Islander and Native American boys and men as the groups experiencing significant disparities in outcomes.

Systems Leaders

Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
Alameda County Probation Department
Alameda County Social Services Agency
First 5 Alameda County
Oakland Unified School District
Oakland Human Services Department
Oakland Police Department
Office of the Mayor, City of Oakland
Laney College

Community Partners

Allen Temple Baptist Church
AYPAL (Building API Power)
Black Organizing Project
Brown Boi Project
Brothers On The Rise
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC)
East Oakland Building Healthy Communities
Ella Baker Center
Ever Forward Club
Intertribal Friendship House
Oakland Community Organizations
Oakland Schools Foundation
PolicyLink
Street Level Health Project
The Unity Council
The Mentoring Center
The Reset Foundation
Urban Peace Movement
Village-Connect
Youth Uprising
Youth ALIVE!

BMOC Data Profile

Our approach to Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) work is driven by the need for community and systems partners to analyze the issues, assess need, and evaluate the impact of interventions.  From the disaggregation of data by race/ethnicity and sex to program evaluation, public agencies and community-based organizations need access to data to make informed decisions.

This profile presents data in six categories: demographics, health, education, employment & income, safety, and youth development.  The council views these categories as critical areas of study and understands that efforts to improve the lives of Boys and Men of Color must consider related.

For the full BMoC Data Profile, see link here.

BMOC Indicators Tracking

The Council developed a Boys and Men of Color Indicator Guide, which identifies the focus indicators for various local and national initiatives to improve the lives of boys and men of color and describes why each indicator is important.

For the full BMoC Indicator Guide, see link here.

Culturally-Focused Manhood Development Program Initiative

The Council convenes a learning community of practitioners that operate culturally-focused manhood development programs in schools and community. These programs provide culturally-focused mentoring, rites of passage, academic skill development, life skills training, and healing programs for African American, Latino, Native/Indigenous, and Asian Pacific Islander males of color.

The focus of the learning community is to participate in cross-cultural/ethnic program and activities, develop common direct and indirect outcomes across programs, and assess the capacity building and direct service needs of the programs in order to bring them to scale and ensure the availability of program slots for more boys and men of color in the community.

Read the full the Culturally-Focused Manhood Development Concept Paper here.

For infographic profiles on the Culturally-Focused Manhood Development Partners, click here.

For a literature review and to learn more about Culturally-Focused Manhood Development Programs, see here.

Oakland-Alameda County Opportunity Youth Initiative

The Oakland-Alameda County Opportunity Youth Initiative (OYI) is one of 21 sites nationally that participate in the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF). OYIF uses a collective impact approach to reconnect 16-24 year olds who are not in school and not working to support and education services leading to family sustaining career employment in the growth sectors of regional economies.

Find out more about this new initiative here.

California Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

Coordinated by PolicyLink, the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is a coalition of change agents committed to improving the life chances of California’s boys and young men of color. Urban Strategies Council served as a founding member of the Alliance along with other youth, community organizations, foundations, and leaders in government, education, public health, and law enforcement.

Working at the local and state level, the Alliance actively pursues policy and systems reforms that will help boys and men of color in California.

For more information and a list of members of the California Alliance for BMoC, visit http://www.allianceforbmoc.org/

My Brother’s Keeper

Urban Strategies Council and the Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color are actively participating in City of Oakland’s efforts around the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, which was a call to action by President Barack Obama to cities, tribal nations, towns and counties to build and execute robust plans to improve the outcomes for young men of color and determine ways to help them stay on track and reach their full potential.

In August 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf along with the East Bay Community Foundation launched the Oakland My Brother’s Keeper Local Action Summit to bring together youth, community leaders, government, nonprofit organizations, and business to identify the best work being done in Oakland to support boys and young men of color. Data, program information, and promising practices from this summit were collected and reviewed to develop initial drafts of the Oakland MBK Local Action Plan. For the past six months, the City of Oakland has been convening groups based on the six benchmark areas laid out by the MBK initiative with the purpose of developing strategies for each of the benchmark areas and creating a final plan that will be submitted to the White House.

Regional MBK Efforts

Urban Strategies Council has been participating in regional MBK discussions in order to align and coordinate with the other MBK sites in the Bay Area which include Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond, San Jose, and East Palo Alto. An initial area of alignment for the region is around employment and workforce development, particularly around information and communications technology (ICT) careers given the supply and demand needs but also the diversity challenge for many of these companies.

We have several developing projects within our Boys and Men of Color work, see what we’re up to next here.