Blackside, the producer of Eyes on the Prize, is a minority-owned documentary film production company dedicated to raising consciousness about America's social progress and history. Blackside is managing a national outreach initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) with additional support provided by The Annie, E. Casey Foundation (AECF). The outreach campaign is a collaborative effort of three outreach partners: Outreach Extensions, Facing History and Ourselves, and the National Black Programming Consortium.
Founded in 1992, Outreach Extensions is a national consulting firm that specializes in comprehensive, high-profile campaigns for media projects. Its custom designed outreach campaigns extend the impact of a series/program beyond the television broadcast into the community, and build the capacity of community organizations to utilize media tools and resources. For Eyes on the Prize, Outreach Extensions is administering the outreach grants program, engaging 25 public television stations and their local partners in solution-based activities.
National Black Programming Consortium
The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) is a non-profit media arts organization that curates and funds film and video projects that reflect the complex stories of the Black experience. Since 1979, NBPC has been funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to ensure that public media remains rich with diverse and dynamic content. NBPC created and is implementing the Eyes on the Prize Black College New Media Project, which provides 15 grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities to produce blogs, short movies and podcasts that engage issues explored in Eyes on the Prize such as civil rights, American history and leadership.
Facing History and Ourselves
Facing History and Ourselves, an innovator in the field of education for over 30 years, strives to promote dialogue in the classroom and beyond, encouraging young people to think critically about racism, prejudice, anti-Semitism and difficult issues that divide society. Facing History provides teachers with tools and support to connect the lessons of history to the challenges of living in an increasingly interconnected world. As part of the national Eyes on the Prize outreach campaign, Facing History is developing a classroom study guide and creating lesson plans, conducting educator workshops in its regions, and presenting at national and regional conferences across the country.
Evan Leach, Ph.D. serves as the program evaluator for the Eyes on the Prize outreach initiative. He is president of Transition Assistance Programs Inc., a management consulting firm that provides professional services in organizational and/or programmatic assessment and evaluation; program and project design, development and implementation; and innovation management and implementation. Evan Leach has conducted program evaluations for the National Center for Outreach, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.