Additional Sources

Below are a list of additional resources related to or focused on Black Male Achievement:

The Beyond the Bricks Project (BTBP) is a media and international community engagement initiative to encourage and promote community based solutions to increase educational and social outcomes for school age Black males. The BTBP takes a grassroots approach to improving those outcomes by engaging community members including the young men themselves, educators, civic leaders, and other stakeholders to craft solutions to the challenges the young men face in their schools, neighborhoods, and cities. Importantly, we encourage the young men to examine their roles as leaders and community citizens.

Alliance for Boys and Men of Color is an alliance of change agents committed to improving the life chances of California’s boys and young men of color. The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color includes youth, community organizations, foundations, and systems leaders – like education, public health, and law enforcement officials. We are active at the local and state levels, with a particular focus on Oakland, Los Angeles, and Fresno. Our work is supported by a variety of funders.

BMA Funders complements the efforts of the Institute for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), which seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations across all sectors in the field of Black Male Achievement. The CBMA was spearheaded by the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement and launched in partnership with PolicyLink and Root Cause in October 2012. Joining the Open Society Foundations in funding the CBMA are the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Skillman Foundation, Skillman Foundation, California Endowment, Knight Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Carnegie Corporation, Casey Family Programs, and the Kapor Center for Social Impact.

Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions’ Opportunity Youth Network The OYN consists of approximately 30 organizations that are national in scope and represent the multiple sectors engaged in the opportunity youth movement: nonprofits; for-profits and employers; private funders; educators; and government agencies. These organizations and/or entities are currently involved in the reconnection of opportunity youth and have demonstrated a commitment to this population.  Over the next 24-36 months the OYN will continue to identify and reach out to entities whose participation will prove valuable in building out the “ecosystem” of collective impact for opportunity youth.

 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise Forward Promise reflects the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s belief that it is essential to focus on what makes people healthy—or unhealthy—from a perspective that includes factors outside of the medical care system. Social influences rooted in our neighborhoods, housing, schools, jobs, and economic security have a powerful effect on our health. Across most of these areas, however, boys and young men of color often have limited positive options.

Center for Law and Social Policy’s Youth Policy Team CLASP's youth policy work aims to advance policy and practice that will dramatically improve the education employment, and life ouotcomes for youth in communities of high youth distress.

National Transitional Jobs Network’s B.MORE Project The B.MORE Project seeks to open doors to employment and economic advancement for low-income Black men across the country through policy advocacy, resource creation, and coalition building. The B.MORE Project is supported by the Open Society Foundation Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

Lifelines to HealingThe Lifelines to Healing Campaign organizes local communities to stop neighborhood violence and promotes state/federal policies that will end the mass incarceration of our beloved ones.

Question Bridge  is a transmedia art project that seeks to represent and redefine Black identity in America. Through video mediated question and answer exchange, diverse members of this "demographic" bridge economic, political, geographic, and generational divisions.

Black Male Engagement is a growing network of inspired Black men and their friends from all walks of life who are committed to making all of our communities stronger.

Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship is a new fellowship program established by Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green dedicated to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys in the U.S. It is the first fellowship program of its kind that targets social entrepreneurs who are starting up new and innovative organizations in the field of Black Male Achievement.

National Employment Law Project works to restore the promise of economic opportunity in the 21st century economy. In partnership with national, state and local allies, we promote policies and programs that create good jobs, strengthen upward mobility, enforce hard-won worker rights, and help unemployed workers regain their economic footing through improved benefits and services.

Dignity in Schools Campaign challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our nation's schools and advocates for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. The DSC unites parents, youth, advocates and educators to support alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment and removal in our schools.


Justice for Families works to stop the U.S. youth incarceration epidemic and advocate for investment in youth and families. is an online hub dedicated to shaping authentic perceptions of Black men and boys.  A vehicle to create conversation that can be amplified to drive multiple media outlets, will aggregate news, research, commentary and events related to the role visual imagery and popular culture play in reinforcing and perpetuating racial stereotypes and biases in our brains when it comes to Black men and boys. Our goal is to bring a diverse audience of influencers, media professionals, academics, thought leaders and Black males themselves together, to effectively transform the perceptions of Black men and boys.

Opportunity Agenda aims to building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Focused on moving hearts, minds, and policy over time, the organization works with social justice groups, leaders, and movements to advance solutions that expand opportunity for everyone.

Public Interest Projects' Just and Fair School Fund supports grassroots organizing initiative that work to eliminate harsh school discipline policies and practices and that uphold the right to education for all the youth.