This coalition was created to increase academic achievement, job readiness and develop youth leaders as advocates for change
The initial meeting, facilitated by Angela Glover Blackwell (President and CEO of PolicyLink and the PolicyLink team), was the first step toward integrating the boys and young men of color (BMoC) lens into Say Yes Buffalo. Tommy McClam was hired through Say Yes Buffalo as the Director of MBK / Boys and Young Men of Color. The Coalition worked with Policy Link to develop the Boys and Young Men of Color plan. Cities United provided assistance to develop a Youth Leadership Council to advocate for racial equity, social justice and policy change named "Breaking Barriers." Applications to join the council were released in late 2017.
Through civic leadership training and direct lobbying opportunities, the Breaking Barriers participants will learn the importance of advocacy and will develop their personal and collective leadership skills to be able to influence positive change, strengthening and improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color.
To learn more about Breaking Barriers by reading the blog or listening to the podcast, visit the website https://www.breakingbarriersbuffalo.org.