City Leadership to Promote Black Male Achievement

With support from the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the YEF Institute has launched a new, 16-month technical assistance initiative focused on improving education, work and family outcomes for black men and boys.

The new 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.  Over the last year, NLC has published a municipal action guide on the issue of black male achievement, launched a Young Men of Color Network and helped advance Cities United, a national partnership to eliminate violence-related deaths of African-American males.

Through this new initiative, NLC will provide in-depth assistance to cities as they develop comprehensive local agendas for reducing disparities between black males and their peers and engaging black male youth in local government and the community.

Technical Assistance Available

Cities selected to participate in the project will receive customized assistance as they build strong cross-sector leadership teams; identify local challenges and opportunities; explore policies and strategies that have the potential to make an impact on outcomes for black males; and develop mechanisms to evaluate and sustain progress over time.  NLC will provide a framework and process for the development of comprehensive local action plans to promote black male achievement, informed by structured conversations with national experts and federal agency representatives on specific topics of interest.

Participating sites will also benefit from an extensive set of opportunities for peer learning and interaction with other communities working toward similar goals.  These opportunities will include monthly conference calls with individual city teams, bimonthly peer group calls, site visits to each city, and a cross-site meeting of local teams.

Additionally, cities selected to participate in this initiative will receive technical assistance focused on giving young black men a greater voice in local government decision-making through the authentic youth civic engagement (AYCE) model.  NLC will help these cities more intentionally engage youth in working alongside municipal officials to promote black male achievement.

How to Apply

The request for proposals for this project is available by clicking here.  Proposals will be evaluated based on several criteria, including high-level support from city officials and other local leaders, commitment to data-driven approaches, and a clear description of local priorities and opportunities for progress that can be advanced through this project.