Focus Point Report Series

This report identifies specific mechanisms by which out-of-school time (OST) programs can build effective bridges to encourage and affirm academic success among Black male students. Conceptually, we believe that existing OST programs that focus on workforce development, healthy lifestyles, safety and structure, and strong families can incorporate key elements that will influence Black males’ adjustment to school. The major findings of this report revolve around three primary areas: survey of data, survey of research and survey of programs.

Download the Black Male Achievement Report

Focus Point 2014: Full Report
Focus Point 2014: Executive Summary

Greater Washington Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

Join the Greater Washington Alliance for Boys and Men of Color to inform the development of our citywide boys and men of color strategy by submitting your contact information here.

Shop Talk Storytelling Series

“Shop Talk” is a mixed-media, multi-episodic, storytelling series that examines the varying complexities, challenges and opportunities young people face growing up in our nation’s capital.

The pilot episode entitled, “Intersections”, provides intimate, first-person testimonials from three young black men growing up in Ward 8, Southeast Anacostia, one of D.C.’s most underserved communities. These perspectives – captured within an historic barbershop at the intersection of Malcolm X and MLK Boulevards – were created to illuminate quantitative findings on the state of young black men in D.C., which were provided by noted scholars and educators, Dr. Ivory A. Toldson and Dr. Sarah D. Manekin.

To view the pilot episode of “Shop Talk”, go to:

Anniversary Kickoff: Academic Achievement

The launch of the Building Bridges Focus Point report on May 28, 2014 kick off our 15th Anniversary Event series and was held at the National Press Club and will feature the research findings of noted educator and sociologist, Dr. Ivory Toldson, followed by a panel discussion moderated by award-winning Washington Post columnist and community advocate, Courtland Milloy. Learn more about additional events throughout the year on our Anniversary Page.

Photos by emma t scott photography