Describes efforts in five communities to engage young black men and reconnect them to training and education.
This report:
  • “Describes how select stakeholders in five communities (community/systems leaders, youth development/case management staff, and young black men) articulate and define success for disconnected and off-track young black men;
  • Discusses how communities have designed interventions and supportive policies for disconnected and off-track youth;
  • Lays out successful approaches and interventions that attract young men into programs and offers examples that address the needs of young black men; and
  • Highlights the barriers to employment faced by young black men and the strategies utilized by workforce systems and programs to get them employed.” (p. 2). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Full publication title: Opportunity Says It All: How Five Communities Are Supporting the Transformation, Education, and Employment Success of Young Black Men

Major Findings & Recommendations

The report describes several elements for successful development of youth programs that engage young black men: • “Multiple education options for high school dropouts and other vulnerable youth populations (such as offenders, foster care youth, and overage and under-credited students) that help gain secondary and postsecondary credentials” (p.5). • “Policies and practices to address the overrepresentation of African American males in the juvenile justice system” (p.6). • “Integrated mental and behavioral health approaches designed to tackle the impact of trauma” (p.7). • “Targeting funding to out-of-school populations” (p.7). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)