Boys and men of color represent 70 percent of California’s male population under age 24. By 2050, BMoC will comprise almost 80 percent of the state’s male population. California’s success depends on the health and wellness of BMoC; however, this population suffers from disproportionately high rates of poverty, incarceration, unemployment, and poor health. By dismantling these systemic injustices, California can be a nationwide model for addressing the needs of BMoC, while benefiting from their leadership and positive contributions to our economy and communities. Working with various advocacy coalitions and networks, Greenlining has been a statewide leader in advocating for BMoC across all sectors and industries. We have sponsored legislation to improve access to voting, trauma-informed services, and workforce development and training resources for disadvantaged populations, with a particular emphasis on BMoC.
Greenlining is a member of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, a statewide coalition of over 100 organizations dedicated to improving conditions for BMoC across the state. We co-facilitate the Jobs & Workforce Policy Workgroup, where we engage with advocacy partners across the state to increase career and workforce resources for BMoC. We strive to align the workforce needs of BMoC with the demands of high-growth sectors across the state. In early 2017, Greenlining published a report outlining strategies to Build a Diverse Health Career Pipeline to support young people of color. This report outlined specific strategies to engage BMoC and increase their participation in the health workforce, which is projected to increase by nearly 500,000 workers in the next 10 years. Moreover, Greenlining has spearheaded Alliance efforts to advocate for state and local leaders to invest in workforce training resources for BMoC.
Greenlining has also elevated the narratives of BMoC at the local and state level. In 2016 we published a report outlining the specific needs of undocumented BMoC. This report identified several policy solutions to address the needs of this population, such as increased access to health coverage, an end to deportations, workforce development services and community investment. Perhaps more important, we highlighted the lives and experiences of young people too often ignored in policy debates.