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A State of Dire Crisis

Equity Blog Post: Changing the Odds for America’s Boys and Men of Color

Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment and Unemployment Among Youth Summary – Economic News Release, August 24, 2011

News Release: US Department of Labor announces $150 million in ‘Pathways Out of Poverty’ training grants for green jobs

The White House Blog: Announcing Strong Cities, Strong Communities

Promise Neighborhoods
The vision of the Promise Neighborhoods is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career.

Founded in 1999, PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity.

Black America: Let Us Save Us

School Desegregation and Equal Educational Opportunity – Brown v. Board of Education

Blog Post: Are High-Poverty Schools Education the Poor to Remain So?

Pew Research Report – Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics

Level Playing Field Institute
Level Playing Field Institute increases fairness in education and the workplace by closing the opportunity gap and removing barriers to success.

Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH)
SMASH Academy is a three-year 5-week summer math and science enrichment program for high achieving, low-income high school students of color focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Black Innovation and Competitiveness Initiative (BICI)
The Black Innovation and Competitiveness Initiative is an open, collaborative and innovative platform that fosters solutions-based approaches to 21st century community economic development.

Kauffman Foundation
The Kauffman Foundation is often referred to as one of the largest foundations in the United States—or as the world’s largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship.

Brother Author: Writings from the African American Male Summer Literacy Institute

Dropping Out, Imprisoned or Killed: Disparities in Outcomes Faced by Young African American Men

Report: Reparable Harm: Assessing and Addressing Disparities Faced by Boys and Men of Color in California

Dr. Alfred Tatum’s Blog: African American Adolescent Male Summer Literacy Institute

University of Illinois at Chicago Reading Clinic
The UIC Reading Clinic provides tutoring support by graduate students to individuals living in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs who struggle with reading and writing. Preference is given to students who are between 11-17 years old. Under certain circumstances, adults are eligible to receive tutoring support at the Clinic.

RAND Corporation
RAND Corporation’s mission is to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.

Education Reform: A Path to Good Health

The California Endowment
The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

From Probationer to Probation Chief

Alameda County Probation Department

David Muhammad Official Site

Article: County probation chief David Muhammad a case study

Life Paths: Meet Men from the Episode

Oakland School District Office of African American Male Achievement

David Muhammad Official Site

Walter Dean Myers Bibliography

Dr. Ethel Allen Promise Academy

Urban Prep
Urban Prep Academies is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by Tim King and a group of African-American education, business and civic leaders. Urban Prep’s mission is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality college preparatory education to young men that results in graduates succeeding in college.

Los Angeles Conservation Corps
The primary mission of the LA Conservation Corps is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success by providing them with job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.

Philadelphia Teachers Union Fighting Plan To Protect Promise Academy Educators from Layoffs
The Philadelphia teachers union is vowing to fight a plan to exempt teachers at the district’s Promise Academies from being laid off in the current budget crisis.

Self-Esteem Through Culture Leads to Academic Excellence (SETCLAE)
Self-Esteem Through Culture Leads to Academic Excellence (SETCLAE) is a model curriculum that provides a mechanism through which educators, youth workers, and parents can teach their children the positive aspects of their cultural heritage and simultaneously increase their self-esteem and their desire to excel.

Million-Dollar Buyout: The Resignation of Philadelphia Schools Superintendent

Video: Nutter On Ackerman’s Departure

Article: Ackerman blames Nutter, union, and politics for her ouster

The Pathway to Success: From Cradle to Career

Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk (CRESPAR) – September 2004 Report

U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement
The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) is headed by Assistant Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton and makes strategic investments in innovative educational programs and practices, and administers more than 25 discretionary grant programs managed by six program offices.

Harlem Children’s Zone
Through a coordinated effort by hundreds of devoted men and women, The Harlem Children’s Zone has established a new method to end the cycle of generational poverty. By addressing the needs of the entire community, HCZ isn’t simply helping children beat the odds, it’s helping to change the odds.

Promise Neighborhoods Program
The vision of the Promise Neighborhoods is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career.

Tavis’ Most Influential Teachers

“Behind Every Famous Person is a Fabulous Teacher” Campaign
The award-winning “Behind Every Famous Person is a Fabulous Teacher” campaign, created by Allen Kay of Korey Kay & Partners, pairs well-known individuals, such as Laura Bush, America Ferrera, Jeremy Piven, Al Roker, and others, with their favorite teachers.

  • Jerry Harris

    Those articles like,” Why do only 50% of black males graduate from high school” leave me perplexed. Why do 70% of white males graduate in America and hardly know anything? They say that blacks should catch up with their white counterparts. Catch up to ignorance? No thank you. The educational system in the United States is the worse in the Western World. Blacks need a new model. My son who is both black and Swedish left high school in that country speaking four languages. He was born in America, but I refused to let him be “educated” in this country.

  • Frank Banner

    Here is what EVERY BODY fails to recognize. I have been asking this question for 30 years and I have NEVER, EVER, EVER heard any expert, or anybody else address it. WHAT ABOUT THE RESPONSIBILITY of the students themselver. We blame teachers. We blame government. We blame society. We blame parents. WHAT about the responsibility these kids have for their own futures. They don’t study, cause they don’t want to. They don’t pay attention in class because they don’t want to. They want to be cool. They want every body to follow them. WHAT ABOUT THAT KID’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS OWN FUTURE. Isn’t it his responsibility to see that he do good in school, so he can graduate and, if he chooses, go to college and live a better life. WHAT ABOUT THE RESPONSIBILITY HE HAS FOR HIS OWN LIFE? No body addresses this. We are a society that has for 30-40 years put the blame on other entirely, for this kid’s failure. Does he not have responsibility for his own achievements and accomplishments and success in school?

  • Janet Ramsoj

    I must say that Mr Tavis Smiley is quite an inspiring young man, I have been following Tavis since BET, being a fan of Professor West whom i admire also, This program is the best thing to hit this County in years, My grandson’s one is Black and one is White so this program will inspire them both to do there best in life, Being Native i am left wondering how we could use this type of influence for young Native men, I believe their dropout is about 80%, the young men telling their stories touched my heart and I cried thru most of the program, God bless these young men and thanks to all the people in these programs who do everything they can for them so have success. Tavis I will follow you to the end of the earth and I will do my best to help children believe in themselves and not allow anyone to take away their God given right to be a productive citizen and help to pull our young black men out of this hole they have been thrown in. Janet R.

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