By 2050, California’s male population will be nearly 80 percent boys and men of color. Ensuring that boys and young men of color have opportunities to succeed is not only a matter of fairness, it is essential to the economic strength and competitiveness of the state. We all stand to benefit by investing in our young men of color so that they have the chance to grow up healthy, get a good education, join our workforce, and make positive contributions to our economy and communities.
A disproportionate number of Latino, African American, Native American, and Southeast Asian males are trapped in a cycle of poverty, prison, and disadvantage. On the federal level, President Barack Obama has started to address this issue through his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which he announced early last year. This initiative seeks to coordinate the efforts of community-based organizations and government agencies so that they can be most efficient in closing systemic gaps and in creating new opportunities for disadvantaged communities. In California, social justice organizations, foundations, and community leaders have been focused on promoting these goals through policy change for well over a decade.
Greenlining is active in advocacy aimed at improving the lives of boys and young men of color. Currently, Greenlining helps lead such efforts on the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Health Policy and Workforce Work Groups. Our 2014 report, Pathways Out of Poverty: Boys and Men of Color and Jobs in the Health Sector, highlighted the obstacles that keep boys and men of color from pursuing these careers, and suggested possible solutions.
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