Nonprofits to Pilot New Boys and Men of Color Leadership Initiative in Atlanta

Posted November 30, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Four­teen local lead­ers have been select­ed for a new six-month pilot pro­gram to help build the capac­i­ty of non­prof­its work­ing on behalf of boys and men of col­or in sev­er­al coun­ties across Geor­gia — includ­ing Clay­ton, Cobb, DeKalb, Ful­ton, Gwin­nett and Rockdale.

Par­tic­i­pants include:

The Boys and Men of Col­or Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Col­lab­o­ra­tion Cir­cle is a joint effort by the Casey Foun­da­tion and Foun­da­tion Cen­ter South to help local lead­ers build part­ner­ships, net­work and secure addi­tion­al fund­ing to devel­op edu­ca­tion­al and eco­nom­ic oppor­tu­ni­ties for this his­tor­i­cal­ly chal­lenged population.

We need to move from iden­ti­fy­ing the chal­lenges boys and men of col­or face, to cul­ti­vat­ing lead­ers who are will­ing to step up and address them,” said Kweku Forstall, who leads Casey’s work in Atlanta. We hope the Cir­cle will be an avenue for par­tic­i­pants to eval­u­ate promis­ing approach­es and advo­cate for much need­ed changes to the pub­lic poli­cies and sys­tems that have kept us from invest­ing in boys and men of col­or as the assets they are — here in Geor­gia, and across the nation.”

Casey’s Chang­ing the Odds report high­lights many of the bar­ri­ers boys and men of col­or face and the root caus­es in Atlanta, including:

  • a his­to­ry of seg­re­ga­tion in pub­lic hous­ing and zoning;
  • under-resourced schools and poor learn­ing envi­ron­ments; and
  • the unequal dis­tri­b­u­tion of jobs and career opportunities.

Non­prof­its sup­port­ing boys and men of col­or often tack­le these com­plex bar­ri­ers with tight bud­gets, small teams and lim­it­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties for staff to learn, grow and regroup from the many demands that are com­mon to the field,” said Utoia Gab­by Wooten from the Foun­da­tion Cen­ter. How­ev­er, we are opti­mistic that with the right sup­ports behind them, these lead­ers will breathe new life into Atlanta and help more boys and men of col­or nav­i­gate through life successfully.”

The exec­u­tive lead­ers will meet month­ly for inter­ac­tive work ses­sions to devel­op strate­gies for engag­ing the phil­an­thropic sec­tor and gen­er­at­ing rev­enue, and to cre­ate col­lab­o­ra­tive, com­mu­ni­ty-based pro­gram­ming to close the per­sis­tent racial and equi­ty gaps that exist in Atlanta.

The par­tic­i­pants will also get the chance to present their col­lab­o­ra­tive projects to poten­tial fun­ders and com­pete for a grant of at least $25,000 to pilot their con­cept begin­ning in fall 2017.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Gab­by Wooten.

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