This report documents the efforts of the Executives' Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, a coalition of more than 40 national, regional, and local foundations to improve life outcomes for boys and men of color in the U.S. While the philanthropic sector's support of this population is not new, the Executives' Alliance stepped up its efforts to lead the systemic change critical to breaking down barriers in order to enable boys and men of color to succeed.
- Research and data analysis must be used to support innovation, test new strategies, and build on best practices and lessons learned that will lead to better outcomes for boys and men of color.
- Unnecessary suspensions must be eliminated, and students must be given the academic and social-emotional supports they need in and outside of school.
- Local, state, and national investments are needed to transform the juvenile and criminal justices systems and to encourage practices that heal rather than punish children for adolescent mistakes.
- The places and communities where young people live significantly impact the approaches and solutions for change; community-based efforts and place-based initiatives are critical to fostering solutions.
- A coordinated and unified movement of advocates, researchers, government officials, and activists is essential.