All Californians stand to benefit by doing everything possible to ensure that young men of color have the chance to grow up healthy, to get a good education, and to make positive contributions to their communities.
We will reap the rewards of this investment. Boys and young men of color can make our neighborhoods safer and stronger and they can work hard, innovate, and keep California competitive in the global economy. It’s time for California to renew its commitment to making sure that all young people have a fair shot to grow up healthy and successful.
The Alliance is working to ensure that California’s boys and young men of color:
- Live in safe neighborhoods,
- Succeed in school and work,and
- Possess the knowledge, skills, and leadership capacity to contribute to their families, communities, and the state’s social and economic well-being.
Working at the local and state level, the Alliance is actively pursuing reforms that will:
- Increase access to health services that recognize the strengths and assets of boys and young men of color while also responding to the trauma and chronic adversity that many face.
- Achieve 100 percent high-school graduation rates among boys and young men of color by strengthening the performance of public schools and reducing expulsion rates.
- Ensure boys and young men of color live in safe neighborhoods and can attend safe schools.
- Reduce the numbers of youth who enter the juvenile justice system and ensure that those who leave the system have the skills needed to succeed. and
- Increase access to the types of education and training that lead to meaningful employment.
With strong participation and leadership of youth, community and system players Alliance partners have launched campaigns in Oakland, Fresno, and Los Angeles. Each of these efforts is anchored by a local convener.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"
Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)
"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"
Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster
Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.
I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.