City Leadership to Promote Black Male Achievement

With support from the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement, NLC will build on previous efforts focused on improving education, work and family outcomes for black men and boys.

The City Leadership to Promote Black Male Achievement project is part of NLC's growing effort to help cities improve the life chances for one of the nation's most disenfranchised groups.  In the last four years, NLC has published a municipal action guide on the issue of black male achievement (BMA), provided intense technical assistance to a cohort of 11 BMA cities and helped advance Cities United, a national partnership to eliminate violence-related deaths of black young men.
In 2015, we will provide more in-depth assistance to a small cohort of cities to implement BMA policies and authentically engage black men and boys.  Furthermore, the project will facilitate a collaborative platform to support the first cohort of 11 BMA cities (listed below), and document all relevant BMA city strategies, successes and opportunities to share with the broader community.

The 11 cities we worked with in the first phase of this project include:

  • Charlottesville, Va.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Portland, Ore.