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Mapping Momentum for Boston’s Youth: Programs & Opportunities for Black and Latino Young Men

Authors

Andrew Wolk

Anand Dholakia

James Jennings

Partner

The Barr Foundation

Hyams Foundation

City of Boston

Campaign for Black Male Achievement

My Brother’s Keeper Boston

Black & Latino Collaborative

Published

2016

Summary

This report maps 142 organizations working in Boston communities to improve life outcomes of Black and Latino young men. It gauges the internal capacity of these organizations to do their work effectively and sets forth concrete strategic priorities and action steps for the public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors to embrace and help advance.

There is a strong momentum in Boston to ensure that Black and Latino boys and young men—who represent more than half of Boston’s males age 24 and under—have the opportunity to succeed and achieve their full potential. They are an important, concentrated population in the city, with 72 percent of Black and Latino young men 25 and under currently living in just eight of Boston’s 23 neighborhoods.


Black and Latino boys and young men face unique structural challenges and unequal opportunity throughout their lives. Despite more than $14 billion in direct and indirect investment from the public and philanthropic sectors over the last decade, life outcomes for this demographic remain relatively stagnant in categories such as reading and math proficiency, attainment of a high school diploma, and employment. To combat these trends, stakeholders from across sectors can build on the city’s existing assets to strategically coordinate programs working in communities, city agencies, and philanthropic organizations that serve Black and Latino boys and young men.


Root Cause, My Brother’s Keeper Boston and the City of Boston Mayor’s office, the Boston Black & Latino Collaborative, and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement partnered to map and assess the landscape of local organizations working to improve life outcomes of Black and Latino boys and young men. The report found that an absence of efforts to coordinate service providers and advocacy organizations in neighborhoods where most of Boston’s Black and Latino young men live is a missed opportunity to prepare these communities to fulfill their role in a growing local economy. Nearly 90% of organizations report serving Black and Latino boys and young men either directly or indirectly while far fewer, approximately half, actually focus on and consider the unique needs of this demographic.  

To address these challenges, the Mapping Momentum report outlines a set of strategic priorities and action steps, which include: ensuring a deliberate, shared focus on Black and Latino boys and young men; investing in and strengthening the capacity of existing organizations to deliver results; and optimizing the program mix and strategic coordination around common target life outcomes in the neighborhoods home to most of Boston’s Black and Latino boys and young men.

Download and read the report to:  

  • Learn about the 142 organizations working to improve the life outcomes of Black and Latino boys and young men across Boston
  • Understand these organization’s internal capacity for doing their work effectively.
  • Take action by helping to advance the recommended strategic priorities for those in the public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors.