CLASP Youth Policy work and focus on boys and young men of color
Posted by Maisha Meminger - On March 24, 2014 (EST)
Recently the President made a groundbreaking announcement for boys and young men of color. As he relayed the numerous statistics about current outcomes for boys and young men of color, he noted that these issues should not be an acceptable part of the American story. Rather, as a society, we should be outraged and moved to act on their behalf. The President’s new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is a partnership between foundations, businesses, and government that will invest $200 million in private dollars over five years to test a range of strategies to support boys and young men of color to excel in school and stay out of the criminal justice system. In addition, President Obama signed a memorandum to federal agencies requesting that they evaluate policies and efforts to effectively serve boys and young men of color.
A little over a year ago, CLASP released Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color: The Promise and Opportunity, a brief commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a part of its Forward Promise Initiative. This brief provides a framework for action for funders, policymakers, practitioners, and advocates to use in advancing positive lifelong outcomes for boys and young men of color. CLASP identifies key challenges facing young men of color, recommend eight areas in which investments and innovation should focus in order to help them realize their promise and provide a robust set of ideas that are ripe for action.
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Modified On : March 24, 2014
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