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Denver Leading the Way on Black Male Achievement

New Report Finds Increased Investment and Action on Black Male Achievement in Cities Across U.S.

DENVER –  Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the City and County of Denver are featured in the  Promise of Place: Building Beloved Communities for Black Men and Boys Report released by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA). Denver is highlighted as a “City on the Horizon” for its progress in scaling investments in boys and young men of color through its My Brother's Keeper Initiative.

The Promise of Place report gauges city-level commitment to boys and young men of color through a Black Male Achievement City Index, which scores 50 cities according to their promise in helping boys and young men of color succeed. Its findings indicate that cities across the U.S. have increased investment and action to support boys and young men of color.

“Denver will continue to expand our partnerships and support programs and services that work to remove barriers, eliminate achievement gaps, and create more opportunities to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color,” Mayor Hancock said. “I am proud of the work Denver is doing through My Brother’s Keeper, and we are excited to grow our partnership with the CBMA and the Promise of Place strategy.  Leaving our boys and young men of color behind will never be acceptable to me or our city.”

“As CBMA celebrates a decade of working to uplift Black men and boys as assets to our communities and our country, we issued this report to track city-level commitment, investment and action to advance Black Male Achievement,” said Campaign for Black Male Achievement CEO Shawn Dove. “CBMA’s core mission is to elevate the local leaders and hometown heroes that are driving this important work forward in their cities. With the field updates, promising strategies, and models of courageous leadership presented in Promise of Place, we are encouraged and emboldened by the work happening in Denver, even as we recognize there is still much more to do in improving life outcomes and opportunities for our Black men and boys.”

The second edition of Promise of Place finds that even as support at the national level is eliminated or scaled back, cities are leading the way to champion Black Male Achievement. The new report finds that there’s a 62 percent higher level of engagement for advancing Black Male Achievement across all 50 cities included in the index. Detroit and Washington, D.C. remain the two highest scored cities with a score of 95, while Jackson, MS, Seattle, Omaha, NE, and Mobile, AL had the greatest progression in scores since 2015. Cities not captured in the first report – such as Denver and Yonkers, NY – have since become highly engaged in leading Black Male Achievement efforts.

“Various organizations and individuals across our city are collaborating to change the narrative for boys and young men of color,” said Erin Brown, Executive Director for the Office of Children’s Affairs. “The experience for a young man of color with regards to education, employment opportunities, establishing healthy relationships, and the juvenile justice system have presented challenges that have, and still are, creating obstacles to what they are capable of accomplishing. And Denver is locked in on sharing the responsibility to ensure that we improve those experiences, so boys and young men of color can succeed.”  

The new Promise of Place report spotlights high-scoring cities and “Building Block” cities that represent model policies and practices as well as cities on the horizon—municipalities beginning to scale up their investment in boys and young men of color. Cities were scored on: demographics; city-led commitment to boys and young men of color; membership in the CBMA national network; local presence of national initiatives focused on boys and young men of color; and level of philanthropic funding in this sector going to support local organizations.

Visit cbma.org/promiseofplace to:

  • Download the full report
  • Browse the Index, interactive national map, and download scorecards for all 50 cities
  • Learn what cities can do to improve life outcomes for Black men and boys.