$10 Million Research Initiative for Boys and Men of Color Launched

$10 Million Research Initiative for Boys and Men of Color Launched

The Executives' Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color has announced the launch of a three-year, $10 million initiative aimed at identifying and addressing the needs of boys and men of color.

The RISE (Research, Integration, Strategy and Evaluation) Collaborative for Boys and Men of Color will support efforts to improve life outcomes for African-American, Latino, Native-American, and Asian-American males in four areas — education, health, criminal justice, and economic opportunity and workforce development. To be led by Equal Measure and the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, the collaborative will work to achieve its aims by convening and supporting better knowledge sharing among researchers, evaluators, educators, and community activists; translating that research for policy makers, community stakeholders, journalists, and practitioner audiences; sponsoring new research and evaluation projects; and building an online portal to provide access to related research and other resources.

To date, Atlantic Philanthropies, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation have committed a total of $8.5 million to the initiative.

"This is a bold effort to address racial disparities in a coordinated, strategic way," said Atlantic Philanthropies CEO Christopher G. Oechsli. "By using evidence and evaluation to inform actionable policy, RISE will help to dismantle the unfair obstacles to opportunity and equality that disproportionately impact not only young men of color, but entire communities."

"Efforts like RISE are essential in helping this nation address the burdens of inequity that so many children and families of color face," said Kellogg Foundation president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron. "And no demographic bears those burdens more intensely than boys and men of color. We are optimistic that what is learned through these research efforts can ultimately be used to help change hearts and minds, inform policy decision making at all levels, and address the structural inequities that limit opportunities for young men of color."

"RISE for Boys and Men of Color." University of Pennsylvania Website 02/17/2015. "RISE Collaborative." BMA Funders Press Release 02/18/2015.