Announcing the MBK Alliance Impact and Seed Communities
In April, MBK Alliance launched a new national competition to identify and invest in communities that are making steady progress to substantially improve the lives of boys and young men of color.
The Foundation selected 19 organizations across 10 states and Puerto Rico as national models to expand evidence-based initiatives to reduce youth violence, grow effective mentorship programs, and measurably improve the lives of boys and young men of color. We’re dedicated to helping these dynamic communities and organizations accelerate impact, reduce barriers and build cross-sector coalitions focused on long-term success.
My Brother’s Keeper was not about me, it was not about my presidency… It’s about all of us working together. Because ensuring that our young people can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them is the single most important task that we have as a nation.
National Seed Communities
The following communities received extensive consideration for Impact Awards and represented some of the strongest proposals in the entire country. They will each receive $50,000 in funding to aid in the piloting and preliminary implementation of their work. Additionally, they will receive support from the MBK Alliance team and technical assistance partners to advise on the further development of their plans and long-term infrastructure. Each of these organizations has a strong track record of working on behalf of boys and young men of color, and we’re excited to have them as part of our cohort.
Chicago Seed Grants
Communities to Watch
The following communities received significant consideration but we are unfortunately unable to financially support them at this time. However, each of these organizations has a strong track record of working on behalf of boys and young men of color and presented promising plans to scale or replicate evidence-based interventions. We’re delighted to highlight them below for others to learn about their tremendous work.
Key partners include: Amistades Inc., Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, Big Brothers Big Sisters Tucson
East Palo Alto, CA
Key partners include: Sequoia Union High School, San Mateo County Office of Probation, Gardner Center at Stanford University
San Francisco, CA
Key partners include: Black to the Future, Phoenix Project, The Pacific Islander Task Force, Roadmap to Peace
Long Beach, CA
Key partners include: Long Beach Boys and Girls Club, Uptown Business District of Long Beach, 100 Black Men of Long Beach
Key partners include: The Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Public Schools, MENTOR Colorado, the Denver Foundation, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Cities United, Bloomberg Associates and National League of Cities
Las Vegas, NV
Key partners include: The city of Las Vegas, Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services and the Clark County School District
Key partners include: MENTOR IR, Media Culture Marketing & PR (MBWE), Ebony Suns, LLC, Rising Sons/ OnesUp (MBWE),Community College of Philadelphia (CCP)
Key partners include: Office for African American Male Engagement, Safe Streets program, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Plank Industries; Family League, Baltimore City Public Schools, Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
Key partners include: Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District
Key partners include: MENTOR Illinois, The Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital
Key partners include: Young Chicago Authors, Move Me Soul, The Simple Good
Key partners include: National Louis University, MENTOR Illinois
Key partners include: Southwest Organizing Project, Beyond the Ball, Catholic Charities, Lawndale Christian Legal Center
Key partners include: Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Legal Assistance Foundation, Austin Career Education Center
Key partners include: Chicago Public Schools, Students in Temporary Living Situations
Key partners include: Circuit Court of Cook County, Heartland Alliance, Enlace Chicago
Key partners include: Edna Martin Center, Marion County Juvenile Justice department, Indianapolis Urban League
Key partners include: Louisville Metro Government Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville Metro’s Youth Detention Services
Saint Paul, MN
Key partners include: Minnesota Alliance with Youth, MENTOR Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Black Male Student Achievement
St. Louis, MO
Key partners include: Race & Opportunity Lab, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Better Family Life, Inc.
Key partners include: MBK Newark, The Opportunity Youth Network, National CARES Mentoring Movement
New York, NY
Key partners include: Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), NYC Opportunity, Youth Communications
Key partners include: Columbus Urban League, Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus, City Year, The Ohio State University
Key partners include: Metro Nashville Public Schools, Knowledge Academies
Key partners include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Seattle CARES, Seattle Public Schools
Key partners include: The City of Milwaukee’s Black Male Achievement Advisory Committee, Milwaukee Public Schools, Mentor Greater Milwaukee, Employ Milwaukee