LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FIVE GOALS BELOW
GOAL ONE: Ensure all boys of color are ready for school
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Jordan E., Age 9

Research shows that a quality early education is key to a child’s school performance in the future. Our goal is that all boys of color enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready.

Consider how your ideas can:

  • Increase enrollment in high-quality early childhood programs
  • Improve family engagement in literacy development
  • Remove health barriers to learning by implementing vision, hearing, dental, and asthma screenings
GOAL TWO: All boys of color are engaged and progressing in school
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Jordan E, Age 9

To succeed academically, boys of color need to be in schools that have high expectations. They need to feel safe, supported and respected.

Think about ways we can:

  • Reduce suspension, expulsion, and absenteeism by working with school districts and parents
  • Foster cultural competence among teachers and administrators
  • Reduce violent crime committed by and on young people so they feel safe going to and from school
  • Strengthen youth development and mentoring opportunities with role models, coaches and caring adults
GOAL THREE: All young men of color are prepared for career success
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Jordan Edwards, Age 9

Detroit’s economy is on the rise, but how are we supporting our young men of color’s participation within it? We must work to ensure Detroit’s recovery is inclusive.

How will your ideas:

  • Increase career exposure and experience for young men of color within the business community
  • Strengthen higher education and career pathways at college and career academies
  • Support financial literacy so that young men of color can feel confident protecting and growing their assets
GOAL FOUR: All men of color are participating in the new economy
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Jordan Edwards, Age 9

As new industries emerge in Detroit, we must make sure the jobs associated with them are not out of reach for our city’s young men of color.

Consider how your ideas can:

  • Create career ladders, support programs and inclusive strategies within major employers
  • Accelerate the growth of businesses owned by young men of color, through venture capital funds, training and mentoring
GOAL FIVE: All boys and men of color are supported in our community
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Jordan Edwards, Age 9

It’s important to strengthen our community supports for young men of color. That means connecting our efforts at all levels and building a new media narrative.

How will your ideas help:

  • Support a positive community narrative that allows young men of color to see themselves in positive role models
  • Create a network that shares best practices across government and community stakeholders
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