The Institute for Black Male Achievement recently announced the awardees of its first-ever Capacity-Building Grants. Three Oakland-based agencies were selected to be part of the 20 member cohort, which includes representation from across nonprofit organizations, public school systems, universities, faith-based organizations, networks, and city governments.
Grantees were selected based on the following criteria:
- clarity of the black male outcomes they aim to achieve and how those outcomes are achieved;
- clarity about capacity needs and focus on improving targeted capacity areas, leadership’s commitment to building capacity, demonstrated time and attention to make best use of capacity support; and
- potential for the grantee to serve as a leader and help strengthen the national black male achievement field.
Each agency will receive $10,000 to be applied directly towards a specific capacity-building project that elevates its primary work and serves as a national model for increasing black male achievement. Learn more about these local organizations and their projects below:
- The Alameda County Social Services Agency is comprised of 2,200 men and women working collectively and in partnership with community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, and policymakers to serve the needs of the community. Their mission is to promote the economic and social well-being of individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. Capacity Building Grant Project: Develop a strategic plan for the Alameda County Social Services Agency to fully document the organization’s strategy to adopt a black male achievement lens within its work, and to serve as a roadmap and means for measuring progress.
- The Black Organizing Project is a Black member-led community organization working for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots organizing and community-building in Oakland, California. Capacity Building Grant Project: Develop a financial management system with processes, controls, and reports that will allow the organization to manage its financial health.
- Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) boldly created the Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) in Fall 2010 to make explicit and systemic attempts to improve the fortunes of African American males who have been historically underserved academically and consequently get absorbed in the school-prison pipeline at much higher rates than their school counterparts. Capacity Building Grant Project: Create a dissemination plan and communications plan as it pertains to the AAMA’s Shifting the Narrative Initiative and a related series of reports scheduled for release in summer/fall 2014.