PolicyLink and My Brother’s Keeper Community Assessment for Building a Movement for Boys and Men of Color

By: Jason Wilson, Former Midwest Regional Network Weaver
Native Americans in Philanthropy

On Friday, July 15, 2016, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) was invited to participate in a crucial conversation to discuss the capacity of our community to sustain work supporting boys and men of color and to address systemic and policy barriers to their success over the long term in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the Regional Network Weaver for the Midwest, attending was an opportunity to connect with the work happening in my region.

PolicyLink facilitated the conversation in partnership with the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) in communities across the country. The goal of the conversation was to help advance our collective action efforts and identify opportunities and build capacity within Minneapolis.

It was an honor to participate in this meaningful discussion with the key stakeholders invited by Mayor Betsy Hodge’s office. At the end of the day it was about collaboration and being united to expand opportunities for boys and men of color. The facilitators were very interested in the common trends and statistics between Native American Youth and boys and men of color.

As a result of this meeting, PolicyLink will provide participants a summary of findings and set of recommendations for strengthening capacity in Minneapolis. The assessment conversation and summary will all be in the context of building off of the existing BMOC efforts locally and the nationwide efforts of Executives’ Alliance.

This was an opportunity as a city to come together across all sectors to reflect on how to work together best to build a movement to ensure boys and men of color to have access to self-determination and prosperity and how to connect that with the national movement.

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