Announcing the MBK Community of Learning and Practice
October 8, 2019 3:05 PM
Last month, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance launched the MBK Community of Learning and Practice, an online space for local boys and young men of color practitioners to promote innovation, share best practices, and cultivate authentic connections to advance their local MBK missions.
During our initial 2019 pilot, we are planning to co-host a series of online learning calls and webinars focused on:
- Equipping MBK Communities with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to develop and implement impactful strategies and programs to change the trajectory for boys and young men of color in their respective communities
- Lifting up, spotlighting and celebrating the work of MBK Community Competition winners that are developing creative and collaborative approaches to evidence-based strategies that are reducing youth violence and growing the pipeline of mentors
- Employing a systems change approach by advancing and advocating for systemic reform, while aligning complementary best practices with public and private sector partners to systematically reduce youth violence and grow the pipeline of mentors
Our first call is happening this Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 3 PM ET with Colin Groth, the Director of Innovation at StriveTogether. Colin will discuss how MBK Communities can partner intentionally with regional organizations to align their focus and impact. You can register for the call here.
Please find descriptions and registration links for each of the upcoming learning calls below. We hope you can join us.
Aligning Local Efforts: Coordinated Infrastructure and Leadership
Date and Time:
October 10, 2019, 3-4 p.m. ET
Colin Groth, Director of Innovation, StriveTogether
Many communities and municipalities have multiple civic players and cross-sector groups working across all levels to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color. Cross-sector collaborations such as Promise Neighborhoods, Strive Together, Cities United or Opportunity Youth Network have similar goals as the MBK Alliance to achieve systemic transformation for youth and communities. Whether focused on education outcomes, workforce development, healthy youth development or racial equity, these efforts take a coordinated approach to engaging diverse stakeholders and sharing responsibility for solving complex community challenges. This learning call will provide an opportunity to discuss how MBK Communities can intentionally partner with regional and neighborhood organizations to align their focus and impact.
“What Works” Showcase: Youth Diversion in Los Angeles County
Date and Time:
October 22, 2019, 2-3 p.m. ET
Vincent Holmes, Principal Analyst, Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office
Refugio Valle, Director, Los Angeles County Division of Youth Diversion and Development
Taylor Schooley, Senior Research and Policy Manager, Los Angeles County Division of Youth Diversion and Development
Los Angeles County is home to the largest juvenile justice system in the nation, and youth of color are increasingly more likely to be arrested than their white peers. Each year, the arrest rate for black youth is approximately six times higher than that of white youth. In November 2017, Los Angeles County adopted a new, comprehensive model of youth diversion that seeks to effectively and equitably connect young people across the county with individualized community-based services in lieu of arrest and citation. This learning call will explore the innovative models, strategies and tactics that stakeholders in Los Angeles County are implementing to build the infrastructure needed to ensure that all youth can connect with a continuum of services that address their needs, reduce youth arrests, and equitably improve outcomes for youth and communities.
Deep in the Data: Shared Accountability and Measurements of Success
Date and Time:
November 7, 2019, 3-4 p.m. ET
Linda Gibbs, Principal, Social Services, Bloomberg Associates
Niiobli Armah, Social Services Team, Bloomberg Associates
Mariama N’Diaye, Social Services Team, Bloomberg Associates
Data that is disaggregated by race and geography can be a powerful tool to develop and advance equitable outcomes for boys and young men of color. This learning call will focus on how local MBK communities can share and use data to make decisions, continuously improve practices, and track progress to accelerate change.
“What Works” Showcase: Connecting Programmatic Results to Collective Impact in Chicago
Date and Time:
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET
Anthony Watson: National Director of BAMM
Christopher Goins: Chief Equity Officer of Thrive Chicago
Chicago is the birthplace of Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man (BAM) program, which provides young men a safe space to openly express themselves, receive support and develop the social and emotional skills necessary to succeed with the guidance of a caring adult. Youth Guidance has partnered with Thrive Chicago, a collective impact organization, to ensure that the learnings from BAM’s expansion in Chicago are captured and help drive the conversation for boys and young men of color in Chicago. Together, BAM and Thrive have led a table that drives forth an agenda for young men in Chicago, including releasing an Action plan, and launching Action teams to ensure that young people in Chicago thrive in safe and supported communities. This learning call will explore the process by which Chicago is connecting programmatic results to collective impact work.
School Discipline and Boys and Young Men of Color: Perspectives on Policy and Practice
Date and Time:
November 19, 2019, 1-2 p.m. ET
Marc Philpart, PolicyLink and the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
Jesus Guzman, PolicyLink and the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
Angela Turner, Public Counsel
David Turner III, Brother, Son, Selves
Throughout the country, schools operate from a complex set of harsh disciplinary policies and practices that push youth out of school through a combination of suspensions, expulsions, and arrests. Youth of color—and Black, Latino, and Native boys in particular, especially those with disabilities—are more likely than their peers to be targeted with these punitive policies, pushed out of school, and ultimately at greater risk of becoming system-involved.
After nearly ten years of organizing by youth, community-based organizations, and advocates to end these harmful discipline practices in California, Governor Newsom recently signed into law a measure that will permanently prohibit students from being suspended on the basis of “willful defiance” in grades 4 and 5 and bans those same suspensions for grades 6–8 for 5 years, building off of previous legislation to ban these suspensions for grades K-3. Join us to learn about this powerful new law and the coalition that made it happen from leaders in the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and Fix School Discipline Coalition!
Changing Lives, Changing Systems: Developing and Implementing Systems Reform
Date and Time:
December 3, 2019, 2-3 p.m. ET
Leon Andrews, Director, REAL, National League of Cities
Rita Ossolinski, Program Director, REAL, National League of Cities
Jordan Carter, Senior Associate, REAL, National League of Cities
The MBK Framework is guided by a commitment to a systems change approach. The most promising local MBK models not only provide direct services to boys and young men of color, but also advance and advocate for institutional reforms that demonstrate the ability to produce systemic change. This learning call will highlight strategies and approaches to conduct a policy review (scouring existing local policies, programs and practices in search of best practices in expanding on efforts serving boys and young men of color) and analyze systems (uncovering what is going on socially, politically, legislatively, and programmatically in the community that should be considered).