Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

MBK Rising! is by invitation only and designed for:

MBK Youth and Community Leaders

Mayors, Tribal Leaders, County Executives or Similar Local Government and Academic Leaders

Cross-Sector National Partners and Movement Leaders

However, if you’re a young man of color, or an adult who’s doing exceptional work for young men of color, you can apply to attend.

I am part of an MBK Community and I have received an invitation, how can I ensure that other leaders and young men of color in my community can participate?

We’re glad you asked! Our ask is that you coordinate with the broader MBK ecosystem in your community to identify and recommend up to five individuals (three community leaders, two young men of color), including yourself, to join us in Oakland.

Please click here to share the names and contact information of these individuals by Friday, December 21, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged, as the final registration deadline is Friday, January 4, 2018.

Is each person that I recommend guaranteed a spot at MBK Rising!?

We will do our best to ensure that each recommended guest receives an invitation to join us in Oakland. However, we cannot make any guarantees.

What if my MBK community was designated as an Impact/Seed Grantee or Community to Watch during the MBK Community Competition?

Each MBK jurisdiction should send up to five (5) representatives to MBK Rising!. If you are in a community with an Impact or Seed grantee, or that is a Community to Watch, the local MBK point of contact and the grantee must be coordinated around who will attend. We recommend a delegation similar to the following breakdown:

Local MBK Point of Contact

Grantee Point of Contact



TBD – representative from local government, philanthropy, etc.

Are there preferred hotels in the Oakland area that we should be aware of?

We have selected the following three hotels as our accommodation partners for this convening:

Waterfront Hotel Oakland

Oakland Marriott City Center

Claremont Club and Spa, A Fairmont Hotel

Within a few weeks of completing the MBK Rising! registration form, you will receive a detailed email with travel and hotel information. At that time, we will work closely with you to secure rooms for you and your delegation.

I have additional questions. Who should I contact?

If you still have questions, please email us at [email protected].