Health and Healing Strategies

Health and Healing Strategies

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) has received a $250,000 planning grant from The California Endowment to support its efforts to implement a school and broader community-based Black Male Achievement health and healing strategy with the Oakland and Sacramento City Unified School Districts serving as lead partners.

The grant from the Endowment will allow CBMA and the school districts to work with a network of national partners and organizations to support the launch of the pilot project, which will provide capacity-building, strategic communications and community-building tools to help:

  1. Provide caregivers with trauma-related response strategies;
  2. Recruit, train and facilitate Mentor Wellness Circles to improve schooling and youth development outcomes of black boys and young men of color;
  3. Implement culturally-responsive teacher training and professional development designed to improve classroom management and reduce stress for school personnel and caregivers; and
  4. Produce and disseminate strategic communications to increase healthy and healing lifestyles for teachers, mentors, parents and young men locally and nationally. 

"The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is grateful for the generous support and continued partnership of The California Endowment,” said Shawn Dove, CEO for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. “CBMA has a long history of supporting efforts in California, which includes being a seed investor in the launch of the Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Male Achievement. This funding from the Endowment will enable us to continue strengthening our networks and investments in California, as well as partner with dynamic leaders and organizations nationwide to bring an innovative model of self-care. These combined efforts will help us to ensure that advocates and care-providers in the CBMA network are able to fortify their well-being and resiliency as leaders of the growing Black Male Achievement field”

The list of partners CBMA will work with to implement the healthy and healing strategy to advance Black Male Achievement outcomes includes:

• National Cares Mentoring Movement Oakland Affiliate, Oakland, CA

• The Yunion's Cave of Adullam, Detroit, MI

• Radiant Health Strategies, Oakland, CA

• Strategic Destiny, Inc., New York, NY

• Oakland Unified School District Office of African American Male Achievement, Oakland, CA

• Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento, CA

We are excited for the opportunity to partner with CBMA and others to make sure the educators, youth development change agents, counselors, coaches, mentors and other leaders working with our youth feel supported and healthy to go the long haul to care and love our children." said Marcus Strother, Youth Development Coordinator for the Sacramento City Unified School District.

To see transformation in our communities we must first commit to transforming and healing ourselves to serve as examples for the youth we support, and believe this project will provide us opportunities to expand the great work taking place to ensure our communities are healthy, safe and thriving.

The proposed partnership will enable CBMA to facilitate a school and community-based healthy and healing Lifestyle strategy, with Oakland and Sacramento Unified School District schools serving as hubs for activities that will benefit students, parents, and school personnel.  

“Too many of our leaders and caregivers working with boys and young men of color also experience trauma and stress but, like the young people they serve, lack the resources to help them to heal and stay healthy for the work at hand,” said Dr. Robert K. Ross, CEO of The California Endowment.  “This funding will help CBMA provide these leaders and caregivers with the tools they need to address their own well-being so they are able to continue to effectively serve the communities and young men they are working to keep safe, healthy and thriving.”

The California Endowment’s support complements a series of investments to CBMA from regional and national foundations that have demonstrated a commitment to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys and young men and boys of color by addressing racial inequities and other disparities in areas ranging from education to health. Last year, CBMA received a generous five-year seed grant of $10 million from the Open Society Foundations, as well as a major $2 million general support grant from the Ford Foundation, to further the organization’s efforts to expand its core strategies of network-building, capacity-building, field-building and strategic communications.


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