Meet the 2014 Black Male Achievement Innovators
BMA Innovator: Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project
“The Accelerator helped us tell our story to investors effectively and efficiently. The investor prospectus and road show presentation were of high quality. The Accelerator team knew what they were doing, the collaborative process was helpful, and the products were very useful.”
As a multi-racial civil rights organization that promotes a just democracy, Advancement Project has been one of the leading organizations in the country working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and plans to grow its efforts to strengthen the capacity of grassroots organizations of youth and parents of color to end criminalization and create nurturing educational environments.
BMA Innovator: Joe Jones, President & CEO, Center for Urban Families
“The Accelerator helped us define our three year goals and enabled us to succinctly and convincingly talk about our work to funders and stakeholders. The investor materials developed during this process were tremendously helpful.”
After 15 years of success helping fathers and families build stronger connections with their children and secure employment, Center for Urban Families is now focused on piloting a bold conceptual model, Family Stability and Economic Success (FSES)™, that will provide deeper support to these fathers, particularly Black males, to achieve a higher degree of stability and economic success.
BMA Innovator: Charles Small, President & CEO, Don Bosco Hall
“The Accelerator provided a great and rare opportunity to be amongst such insightful and committed community leaders. The experience gave me an opportunity to self-reflect and map out goals to grow and sustain my organization.”
With major outcomes in Detroit’s Cody Rouge neighborhood as both a direct service provider and an organizer of nonprofits 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.
BMA Innovator: David Banks, President & CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation
BMA Innovator: Dr. Nathan Sessoms, Vice President of Programs and Operations, Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade
“The Accelerator process provided our organization with clarity, while challenging me to think differently about our work. The opportunity to interact with other BMA Innovators was enlightening. The development of the prospectus, the road show presentation, the practice sessions, the consistent coaching, the cohort meetings, and the Showcase were all outstanding and exactly what we needed.”
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 integrate into all schools in South LA.
BMA Innovator: Dr. John Jackson, President & CEO, The Schott Foundation for Public Education
“The Accelerator helped us develop the prospectus and road show presentation to articulate our work to a set of diverse leaders, and in a more public way. The Accelerator consulting process was very helpful in shaping our growth plan and strategy, and will remain very helpful in shaping the new fundraising strategy, targets, and products.”
The Schott Foundation seeks to spread evidence based school reform policy by offering philanthropic and capacity building support to organizations in targeted states across the country to ensure an opportunity to learn for all children.
BMA Innovator: Dori Maynard, President, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
“The Accelerator provided priceless assistance with messaging and collateral. Before joining the Accelerator, we did not have a succinct description of our work and its effectiveness. We now have compelling investor collateral and a pithy pitch. The overall support that the Accelerator provided was invaluable and an enormous help.”
With 36 years of work on changing the media depiction of people of color, the Maynard Institute is focused on a two-pronged strategy to help the media more accurately and credibly cover communities of color.