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ERIC Number: ED569213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 95
ISSN: ISSN-1075-7031
Development of Boys and Young Men of Color: Implications of Developmental Science for My Brother's Keeper Initiative. Social Policy Report. Volume 29, Number 3
Barbarin, Oscar A.; Murry, Velma McBride; Tolan, Patrick; Graham, Sandra
Society for Research in Child Development
Boys and men of color (BMOC) are at significant risks for poor outcomes across multiple domains including education, health, and financial well-being with little promise of improvement in the near future. Out of concern for this situation, President Obama instituted the My Brother's Keeper Initiative (MBKI) to enlist the combined resources of federal, state, and local governments as well as human services, philanthropy, and business sectors. This Social Policy Report describes MBKI and summarizes ideas gleaned from developmental science that may be useful in efforts to reach the MBKI goals of school readiness, competent reading by third grade, high school and college completion, successful entry into the work force, and reduction of violence. Policy recommendations are offered along with suggestions for research that might involve developmental scientists in this effort. [This report was co-authored by the Boys of Color Research Collaborative. Two commentaries are included: (1) "Building 'Ladders of Opportunity' for Boys and Young Men of Color Requires Attention to Gender, Race, and Racism" (Joanna Lee Williams); and (2) Are There Missing Steps of the Proposed "Ladders of Opportunity" for Boys and Young Males of Color? (Michael Cunningham). Commentaries are individually referenced.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research in Child Development