Open Society Foundations Spins Off Entity Focused on Helping Black Males

Eric Dregne, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Interest is growing in communities across the country to help our young men, particularly our young black men, to succeed. This is for good reason as minority males are more likely than their white counterparts not to read at grade level or graduate from high school on time. What’s more, these early challenges lead to higher unemployment and higher incarceration rates.

As a community and as a country, we cannot afford this at any level—not economically and not morally. In this recent Chronicle of Philanthropy article, Alex Daniels points to a number of successful national initiatives that are gaining momentum. The key question is what can we learn from these efforts and how can we collaborate in our own community to replicate what is working?

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