Boys and Men Of Color

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.

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.

Boys of Color Education and Health Project

We manage a collaboration of early years health and education providers, practitioners, data analysts, parent engagement practitioners, and early childhood advocates to engage with early childhood health and education data, programs and policy as it pertains to boys of color in Oakland. The group, which is part of the 10-year Oakland Starting Smart and Strong Initiative, studies, recommends and advocates for systems wide adoption of measures most crucial to tracking and impacting disparities for boys of color; and identifies and supports the development of effective program and policies for those working with boys of color in Oakland.

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.