California Funders for Boys and Men of Color
As part of a statewide effort to reduce barriers and improve opportunities for boys and men of color, philanthropic leaders from the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color (CFBMoC) yesterday announced an initial investment of $225,000 to nine organizations focused on educational equity for boys and men of color in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.
California Funders for Boys and Men of Color is a statewide network of leading foundations that are aligning their efforts and resources to improve life outcomes for boys and men of color through policy and systems change. The California Funders for Boys and Men of Color's Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Regional Action Committee aims to ensure that boys and men of color have a fair chance to thrive, with the support and access they need to graduate from college with quality degrees, credentials and certifications. Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Regional Action Committee members represent Sierra Health Foundation, Sacramento Region Community Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation and The California Endowment. College Futures Foundation also served as a key strategic and funding partner. These philanthropic organizations have made a commitment to fund efforts that promote racial equity and justice in policies.
"Access to high quality education is an essential part of ensuring equity for our young people, particularly boys and men of color, and sets them on a path toward the life and career they aspire to," said Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation and The Center. "An investment in them today is truly an investment in not only their future, but also the success of our state."
The awarded organizations in San Joaquin County are Fathers & Families of San Joaquin, Improve Your Tomorrow, Raising Youth Resilience, and Reinvent Stockton Foundation. Sacramento County grantees are Breakthrough Sacramento, Brown Issues, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, My Brother's Keeper Education Strategy Team, and Juma Ventures.
"The Sacramento Region Community Foundation is proud to be a part of the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color effort to lift up educational equity in our region, and is aligned with our initiative to increase post-secondary education access for underrepresented students through our Capital Area Promise Scholars program," said Linda Cutler, CEO of Sacramento Region Community Foundation. "This effort by the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color represents a collective of funders and community based organizations committed to improving the future of our boys and men of color in the region."
This initial set of grants helps support these nine organizations in collectively:
- Developing a regional education blueprint to increase the number of boys and men of color accessing and completing an associates-to-transfer degree program, high-value career-technical certificate programs or bachelor's degree programs.
- Strengthening the pipeline to community college or four-year university for justice-involved and system-impacted boys and men of color.
- Improving school climate to increase the number of boys and men of color who enter into higher education.
Data shows that although boys and men of color in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties are successfully graduating from high school, there is a need to focus on preparing them for college and helping them meet the University of California and California State University requirements to apply for a four-year university. Currently, 41% in Sacramento County and 26.9% in San Joaquin County are meeting these requirements. Data also shows that boys and men of color who attend college — especially those entering post-secondary opportunities through local community colleges and California State University systems — are failing to complete their coursework to obtain their degrees.
With this funding, resources for technical assistance, and current and future aligned investments, California Funders for Boys and Men of Color will invest up to $1.2 million in the region to support greater access to and completion of post-secondary education for boys and men of color.
About The California Funders for Boys and Men of Color
The California Funders for Boys and Men of Color (CFBMoC) brings together CEOs from the state's leading philanthropic institutions to help shape a better future for boys and men of color in the state. The California Funders for Boys and Men of Color aligns the resources, networks and voices of California foundations to build the momentum, public will and policy attention necessary to improve outcomes and expand opportunities for African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander and Native American boys and young men. For more information, please visit cafundersforbmoc.org, Twitter @CABMOCFunders and Instagram @cafundersforbmoc.