This brief examines how family and community issues affect boys and young men of color and was prepared for the "Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color: The Promise and Opportunity" briefing held on June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. The brief includes data providing the national context, promising program models, and strategies for moving forward.
- Nationally, Native-American children are three times more likely than whites to live in families where the head of household does not hold a high school diploma, while Asian/Pacific Islander and African-American children are twice as likely. Parental education is highly correlated with household income and family instability.
- Thirty percent of black children and 28 percent of Native-American children live in concentrated poverty. Incidents of crime and violence are far more prevalent in communities with concentrated poverty.
- Young men of color suffer murder at disproportionate rates. In 2012, 63 percent of murder victims ages 13 to 24 were African American, with the majority being male.
- Communities that are structured for the success of vulnerable youth engage a wide range of stakeholders, look to meet their needs holistically, and adapt successful practices to the specific context of neighborhoods.