The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has awarded grants totaling nearly $3 million to expand opportunities for and improve quality of life for boys and men of color in Kentucky.
Grantees include the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, which was awarded $400,000 in support of its efforts to provide leadership and capacity-building support to organizations working to improve life outcomes and opportunities for African-American men and boys in the state; Kentucky State University, which, in partnership with Frankfort Independent Schools, is developing a sixth-grade-to-postsecondary pipeline for black male students, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math; Fayette County Public Schools, which will use its grant to create an office in the district dedicated to eliminating barriers to opportunity and enable male students of color to reach their full potential; and Transylvania University, which will scale its efforts to ensure college readiness among boys of color.
The trust also awarded a number of grants in support of families and multi-generational strategies, including a grant to the Fayette County Fatherhood Initiative at the Lexington Leadership Foundation; grants to Metro United Way in Louisville and the United Way of the Bluegrass in Lexington; a grant to Jefferson County Public Schools; and a grant to the National Center for Families Learning.
"We chose to partner with organizations and leaders throughout the state of Kentucky that were committed to systems-level change for males of color with an emphasis on African-American men and boys," said Dorian Burton, assistant executive director of the Kenan Trust. "The group of leaders we have funded will work to connect the dots within their communities and neighborhoods and partner with other innovative organizations committed to uplifting and building strong families within their communities."