Applicants Sought for Boys and Men of Color Leadership Initiative in Atlanta

Applicants Sought for Boys and Men of Color Leadership Initiative in Atlanta

 

Atlanta, GA - May 18, 2018 – Foundation Center South, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is seeking applicants for the Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle (EDCC). Now in its second year, the program helps build the capacity of nonprofit leaders to serve and achieve outcomes for boys and men of color. 

 

African Americans and Latinos compose more than half of Atlanta’s population. Education, employment and other inequities have left many of these residents, especially our city’s men and boys of color, disconnected from the opportunities they need to thrive.

 

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The Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle is changing this reality in Metro Atlanta by helping local leaders build partnerships, strengthen their networks, share best practices and secure additional funding to develop opportunities that will enable boys and men of color to reach their full potential.

 

“We hear time and time again that leaders need resources, connections to best practices, a professional learning community and a platform to elevate and expand what’s working, and the Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle seeks to bridge this gap,” said Maria S. Azuri, Regional Director, Foundation Center-South.

 

Foundation Center is looking for a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of nonprofits for the 2018Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle. Applicants should have a deep commitment to the complex needs of boys and men of color; a desire to implement effective programming; and a shared understanding that creative collaboration is critical to supporting this population. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a proven history of success serving boys and men of color in the six-county region, which includes Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties. 

                                                                                                                               

“To address the significant challenges and disparities boys and men of color in Metro Atlanta face, we as philanthropists must support the organizations that work with them day to day in the community,” says Kweku Forstall, director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site. “The collaboration circle is filling that need and helping to build the capacity of nonprofits that are already doing great work.”

 

Fourteen local leaders were selected in 2016 to participate in the first Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle. Some of the topics they explored throughout the six-month pilot included: organizational capacities and tools needed to provide best-practice programming; working collaboratively on issues; and in/external leadership strategies for sustainable scaling.

 

“The Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle experience provided me the space to reflect and grow my professional skills, broadened my network, and fueled our programming,” said Jason Terrell executive director of Profound Gentlemen (2017 cohort participant). “The cohort experience helped us to pilot and expand our Social Emotional Learning curriculum into our national program model.”

 

This year’s leaders will also explore self-care, power dynamics and internal assessments across various indicators of organizational strength.

 

The six-month program will start on July 20, 2018.  Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 1, 2018. Finalists will be announced on June 8, 2018. Learn more about the program at http://atlantablog.foundationcenter.org/bmoc-ed-collaboration-circle.

 

About Foundation Center South

Social Sector Outreach, a division ofFoundation Center, connects the social sector to the resources it needs to thrive. As one of the social sector’s most trusted capacity-building organizations, we’re honored to serve thousands of professionals annually. We strive to meet people where they’re at; offering access to tools and trainings at our five anchor cities across four geographic regions and in 400+ partner sites in the US and at international locations - anytime, anywhere.

 

About the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private national philanthropy that creates better futures for the nation’s children by strengthening families, building economic opportunities and transforming neighborhoods into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow.