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Oakland, CA

 
89
 City Scorecard
Total Population

408,073

Black Male Population

49,633

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About Oakland

AS ONE OF OUR BUILDING BLOCK CITIES, OAKLAND IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATED CITIES in our Promise of Place report, with a score of 89, based on its strong score in the areas of CBMA membership, Black men and boys (BMB) stakeholders, and presence of initiatives in the city. CBMA has been instrumental in supporting the Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) African American Male Achievement (AAMA) initiatives. AAMA serves as a practice model for many school districts attempting to improve the educational outcomes for Black boys and has been a contributor to the Social Innovator cohort focused on marshaling community-based supports for Black men and boys that can be used to support the direct and indirect activities of the CBMA High School Excellence framework.

Oakland’s building block score shows both a current strong foothold and opportunity for improvement. Oakland’s strongest building blocks are Reimagining Black Men and Boys and City Administration Commitment to Black Men and Boys, receiving 5.85 and 5.65 points out of 10, respectively. The area in need of most improvement is Funding, which received an average score of 4.1.

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