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Investing in Black Male Achievement: Accelerating What Works


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Date: 3:30 - 9:00 pm, June 17, 2014
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage; New York, NY           
Host: Institute for Black Male Achievement/Social Impact Exchange

About Investing in Black Male Achievement: Accelerating What Works

With the President's recent launch of My Brother's Keeper, the field of philanthropy is asking - how do we learn more? This FREE half-day FUNDER ONLY convening will provide knowledge for how funders can best leverage their resources to invest in improving the life outcomes for black men and boys.

The conference Includes:                                                 

  • Hearing from leaders in philanthropy, nonprofit, and government who are driving the work across the country
  • Learning about what’s working in policy and direct service in education, work, family, health, and safety

Featured Speakers


3:30 - 4:30 PMRegistration

“Investing in Black Male Achievement – What Winning Looks Like”
Shawn Dove, Campaign Manager, Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement

“Changing the Narrative of Black Male Achievement”                   

Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO, ABFE

BMA Innovator: Dori Maynard, President, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
With 25 years of work on changing the media depiction of people of color, the Maynard Institute is focused on growing its Community Voices program which puts the production of media into the hands of the people.  


"Winning policies for Black Male Achievement"

Broad overview of the policy landscape focusing on the policy gaps and featuring a few key policy wins and policies in progress that would have a dramatic impact

Joshua Du BoisFormer Executive Director of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

BMA Innovator: Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project
As a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization and one of the leading organizations in the country dedicated to eliminating the school to prison pipeline, Advancement Project is focused on growing its work engaging grass roots organizers to pass school discipline policies across the United States.

BMA Innovator: Dr. John Jackson, President & CEO, The Schott Foundation for Public Education
The Schott Foundationseeks to spread evidence based school reform policy by offering philanthropic and capacity building support toorganizations in targeted states across the country to fuel the school reform movement to ensure opportunity for all children.


“Advancing Place Based Strategies for Black Male Achievement”
Broad overview of the critical need for place based strategies and specific best practices of what works in neighborhoods to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys

Trabian Shorters, Founder & CEO, BMe

BMA Innovator: Dr. Nathan Sessoms, Vice President of Programs and Operations, Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade
With 25 years of work in South Los Angeles, LABC is taking proven approaches of working with black boys and organizing it into one model, ONXY to bring across all schools in South LA. The model addresses disproportionate disparities in favorable public health indicators between 10-24 year old Black males and all other segments of society and is designed to promote sound decision-making and cognitive freedom.

BMA Innovator: Charles Small, President & CEO, Don Bosco Hall
With major outcomes in Detroit’s Cody Rouge neighborhood as both a direct service provider and an organizer of nonprofit and schools working in a more coordinated way, Don Bosco Hall is focused on going deeper in the three other neighborhoods it is working in to improve life outcomes of boys age 14-24.


"Spreading Proven Models for Black Male Achievement"

Broad overview of what we know works to improve life outcomes of black men and boys and the opportunities to spread

Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green

BMA Innovator: David Banks, President & CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation
With evidence and a know how of educating boys of color by leading seven public schools in New York City, Eagle Academy is launching The Eagle Institute to spread its  model to schools across the country.

BMA Innovator: Joe Jones, President & CEO, Center for Urban Families
After successful outcomes with men and families to help them re-enter society since its inception in 1999, Center for Urban Families is focused on piloting the Family Stability and Economic Success model that will go deeper with these men to ensure they earn a living wage and are a positive contributing family member.

 Reception (w/ passed hors d’oeuvres)


About the Institute for Black Male Achievement (IBMA)

The IBMA supports a national membership network of more than 2,000 leaders from across the country committed to improving the life outcomes for black men and boys.    The IBMA is supported by the Open Society Foundations, in partnership with: Casey Family Programs, Chicago Community Trust, The California Endowment, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Heinz Endowments, Knight Foundation, Kapor Center for Social Impact, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The Skillman Foundation.

Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement is a newly released report by Foundation Center that maps the landscape of work in the area of black male achievement and offers recommendations for what it will take to strengthen the field moving forward. Click the image below to download the report:

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