CBMA nurtures a vibrant network of leaders and organizations working on the ground to drive positive outcomes for Black men and boys

Featured Resources

Promise of Place
The Black Male Achievement City Index scores 50 cities on scale from 1 to 100 according to their visible level of engagement and committed action on behalf of Black men and boys.
BMA Life Outcomes
These indicators can inform targeted strategies to improve outcomes and forecast the need for age- and socioeconomic- specific policies, programs, and practices. 
BMA Funders
BMAfunders is funded by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA). CBMA originated as an initiative of the Open Society Foundations and in January 2015 spun off as a stand-alone
Capacity Building

Promise of Place 2015: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) developed this first-of-its-kind report to track and communicate how cities’ efforts across the country are advancing Black Male Achievement. The Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement..  unveils the Black Male Achievement (BMA) City Index, which scores 50 cities according to their visible level of engagement and committed action on behalf of Black men and boys. The report spotlights the 10 cities with the highest scores and provides in-depth profiles of how the three highest-scored cities—Detroit, MI; Oakland, CA; and Washington, DC—are responding to the needs of Black men and boys to ensure they achieve their full potential. The Promise of Place report also details three areas where all cities can and must do better to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys: 1) mobilizing a Black male achievement stakeholder community, 2) reimagining how we perceive Black men and boys and 3) developing and implementing a Black Male Achievement agenda to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys.

Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice

Reviews racial disparities in school discipline research. The brief explores the impact of school suspension on children and families, including a potentially harmful and racially disparate impact. It also examines whether frequent disciplinary exclu.. sion from school is educationally justifiable and whether other discipline policies and practices might better promote a safe and orderly learning environment while generating significantly less racial disparity.
Culture of Safety

The Justice Project: Using Strategic Planning to Increase the Impact of Advocacy

Describes how The Justice Project engaged in a strategic-planning process to clarify its direction and priorities without stifling the flexibility central to its success. Successful advocacy organizations mobilize quickly for social change. But the m.. ore successful such organizations become, and the broader their agendas, the more challenging it is to track all possible options for action or prioritize among them.
Economic Opportunity

Taking Aim at Gun Violence: Rebuilding Community Education and Employment Pathways

In the current national debate over gun control, the aspect that is not receiving enough attention is what may be the root cause of gun violence in most black communities -- concentrated poverty. Opportunities for vocational, educational, and emotion.. al development need to be expanded to enable black males in concentrated poverty to thrive. This issue brief discusses how rebuilding community education and employment pathways in black communities can combat gun violence.
Culture of Safety

Out of School and Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools

Analyzing data from over 26,000 U.S. middle and high schools, the report reveals profound disparities in suspension rates when disaggregating data by race/ethnicity, gender, and disability status. The report identifies districts with the largest numb.. er of "hotspot" schools (suspending 25 percent or more of their total student body), suggests alternatives that are already in use, and highlights civil rights concerns.
Culture of Safety

Cultural Competency Toolkit

As leaders of organizations in the field of Black male achievement, you are likely aware of the importance of cultural competency. A culturally competent organization brings many different behaviors, attitudes, and policies into its operational proce.. sses to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting to produce better outcomes. Cultural competency can be a key baseline for an organization to focus more explicitly on Black men and boys. We all know examples of organizations that could benefit from investment in this area - perhaps even your own. But how do you go about approaching this? Please see below for action steps from Community Tool Box, and more information on our resource library here and their website here.