The 2015-2016 Black Male Achievement City Index X

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The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) developed this first-of-its-kind report to track and communicate how cities’ efforts across the country are advancing Black Male Achievement. The Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement unveils the Black Male Achievement (BMA) City Index, which scores 50 cities according to their visible level of engagement and committed action on behalf of Black men and boys.

The report spotlights the 10 cities with the highest scores and provides in-depth profiles of how the three highest-scored cities—Detroit, MI; Oakland, CA; and Washington, DC—are responding to the needs of Black men and boys to ensure they achieve their full potential.

The Promise of Place report also details three areas where all cities can and must do better to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys: 1) mobilizing a Black male achievement stakeholder community, 2) reimagining how we perceive Black men and boys and 3) developing and implementing a Black Male Achievement agenda to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys.

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The Promise of Place report, BMA City Index, and this BMA City Index website are continuing steps in CBMA’s evolving strategy to advance Black Male Achievement in cities across the United States. Together, these tools and resources set a foundation for what engagement and committed action looks like to help Black men and boys achieve their full potential in any city or town, and allow individual cities to assess their current status, learn how they compare to other cities, and see action steps and resources to accelerate their level of engagement and commitment. On this site, you can:

  • Download the full Promise of Place report
  • Quickly gauge your city’s level of engagement and see how it stacks up against other cities across the country
  • Browse the interactive national map and download scorecards for all 50 cities, and BMA Life Outcomes Dashboards for 22 cities
  • Learn what your city can do to improve its score
  • Engage with CBMA: Inform us of your or other city’s activities, provide comments, feedback and/or ask questions

Now accessible in one place, these resources provide key baseline data for cities across the country that will help accelerate tangible improvement in life outcomes for Black men and boys.

The Promise of Place report, BMA City Index, and this BMA City Index website are continuing steps in CBMA’s evolving strategy to advance Black Male Achievement in cities across the United States. Together, these tools and resources set a foundation for what engagement and committed action looks like to help Black men and boys achieve their full potential in any city or town, and allow individual cities to assess their current status, learn how they compare to other cities, and see action steps and resources to accelerate their level of engagement and commitment. On this mobile site, you can:
Now accessible in one place, these resources provide key baseline data for cities across the country that will help accelerate tangible improvement in life outcomes for Black men and boys.

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The BMA City Index scores 50 cities across 29 states, and these cities are home to more than 5.5 million Black men and boys, representing more than 30% of all Black men and boys in the United States. The BMA City Index website offers an interactive national map, with detailed scoring data and downloadable scorecards for all 50 cities scored in the BMA City Index, and featured in the Promise of Place report.Based on a total of 100 points, these cities were scored using 5 categories of indicators to determine their level of engagement and committed action helping the cities’ Black men and boys achieve:

  1. Demographics around race and gender (Demographic Mix – 10 points)
  2. City-led commitment to supporting, and addressing individual and systemic challenges facing Black men and boys (City-led Commitment – 30 points)
  3. Number of local organizations and leaders that are members of the CBMA national network (CBMA Membership – 20 points)
  4. Local presence of leading national programs, initiatives, and organizations supporting Black men and boys (National Initiatives – points)
  5. Amount of targeted philanthropic funding focused on Black men and boys that is supporting local organizations (Targeted Funding – 20 points)

The goal is straightforward and attainable—hundreds of cities across the United States scoring 100 points on future versions of the BMA City Index and map!

The BMA City Index scores 50 cities across 29 states, and these cities are home to more than 5.5 million Black men and boys, representing more than 30% of all Black men and boys in the United States. The BMA City Index website offers an interactive national map, with detailed scoring data and downloadable scorecards for all 50 cities scored in the BMA City Index, and featured in the Promise of Place report.Based on a total of 100 points, these cities were scored using 5 categories of indicators to determine their level of engagement and committed action helping the cities’ Black men and boys achieve:

  • Demographics around race and gender (Demographic Mix – 10 points)
  • City-led commitment to supporting, and addressing individual and systemic challenges facing Black men and boys (City-led Commitment – 30 points)
  • Number of local organizations and leaders that are members of the CBMA national network (CBMA Membership – 20 points)
  • Local presence of leading national programs, initiatives, and organizations supporting Black men and boys (National Initiatives – points)
  • Amount of targeted philanthropic funding focused on Black men and boys that is supporting local organizations (Targeted Funding – 20 points)

The goal is straightforward and attainable—hundreds of cities across the United States scoring 100 points on future versions of the BMA City Index and map!

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Established in 2008 as an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. In 2015, CBMA spun off from the Open Society Foundations as an independent entity which supports a growing network of more than 4,700 individuals representing more than 2,500 organizations across the United States, with resources and services for capacity building, network building and strategic communications.

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