Accelerating Economic Opportunity and Helping Young Men BLOOM

May 18, 2016

Ernest had seen too much by the time he turned 16. His family had been shattered by drug abuse, and now he was facing the justice system for the first time. “Friends I grew up with were going to prison for 15 or 20 years,” Ernest said. “I knew there had to be something else.” […]

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Back to School: The Promise of a Fresh Start

October 21, 2015

By Byron Scott For high school students all over the country, the new school year brings with it a fresh start. The hopes of earning straight A’s, getting one step closer to college admissions and making new friends. As I look back at my own teenage years growing up in Inglewood, I vividly remember this […]

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50 Years Later, the Embers of the Watts Riots Still Glow

August 18, 2015

By LaWayne Williams On August 11, 1965 in Watts, an ember erupted into flames. The routine traffic stop of 21 year old Marquette Frye sparked a series of events that would forever change Los Angeles. 34 people died during the Watts Riots and the community absorbed $40 million in damages. The ember sparked by Frye’s […]

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BLOOM Initiative's First Year: Successes and New Partnerships

July 24, 2013

This blog originally appeared on the Black Gives Back Blog. Click here to view the original post. Ninety-Three Percent of BLOOM Youth Have Not Violated Their Probation On June 26, 2013, the California Community Foundation (CCF) celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) initiative with a […]

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Demolishing Roads to Failure for Black Male Youth

November 28, 2012

By Terri Dixon It was a sobering scene at the California Rehabilitation Center (CDC) for Men in Norco, located right outside of Ontario.  What used to be a hotel, then a Naval Base, is now as correctional facility for men destined to be released into a society that has and will reject them time and […]

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A Culture of Courage

October 10, 2012

At this year’s annual Council on Foundations conference, a question arose that struck me. A staffer from a rural community foundation in Northern California asked the panel for advice on creating a “culture of courage”.  This foundation’s region was facing growing immigration, and the foundation’s board had not dealt with it, in the staffer’s view. […]

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