Summarizes initial policy recommendations on how to improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color; recommendations clustered around six focus areas that represent major life milestones where children start to fall behind.
“For decades, opportunity has lagged behind for boys and young men of color. But across the country, communities are adopting innovative approaches, opening doors, strengthening supports, and building ladders of opportunity for young people, including boys and young men of color, to help put them on the path to success” (p.5). The Brother’s Keeper initiative launched in 2014 and seeks to join philanthropy with the private sector “to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color…[In this report,] the Task Force is providing a 90-day report on progress and an initial set of recommendations” (p. 5). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

Key milestones are listed below: 1. “Entering school ready to learn” (p. 7). 2. “Reading at grade level by third grade” (p. 7). 3. “Graduating from high school ready for college and career” (p 7). 4. “Completing postsecondary education or training” (p. 7). 5. “Entering the workforce” (p.7). 6. “Reducing violence and providing a second chance” (p. 7). The Task Force makes four cross-cutting recommendations on how to improve outcomes at the key milestones: • “Seeing the problems and tracking progress: establishing national indicators” (p. 7). • “Provide incentives to learn and do what works” (p. 7). • “Support comprehensive, cradle-to-college-and-career strategies rooted in local communities” (p. 7). • “Recognize the importance of parents and other caring adults” (p. 7). The Task Force finds that “coordinated efforts across society can improve the life chances and outcomes for all youth, including boys and young men of color. By intervening at key moments in life, using evidence-based strategies and comprehensive approaches, we can remove barriers, expand opportunity, and improve outcomes for all” (p. 54). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff).