Broad overview of what we know works to improve life outcomes of black men and boys and the opportunities to spread
Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green
Trabian Shorters, Founder & CEO, BMe
BMA Innovator: David Banks, President & CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation
With evidence and a know how of educating boys of color by leading seven public schools in New York City, Eagle Academy is launching The Eagle Institute to spread its model to schools across the country.
BMA Innovator: Joe Jones, President & CEO, Center for Urban Families
After 15 years of success helping fathers and families to build stronger connections with their children and secure employment, Center for Urban Families is now focused on piloting its Family Stability and Economic Success (FSES)™ model to provide deeper support to these fathers and families, particularly Black males.
As President and CEO, David is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Eagle Academy Foundation, which is charged with providing financial support for the academic enrichment programs at the Eagle Academy schools, offering professional development services to educators and administrators that want to effectively engage and teach inner city young men and the expansion and replication of the Eagle model.
Cheryl Dorsey is president of Echoing Green, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. This global social venture fund has awarded over $33 million in start-up capital to nearly 600 next generation social entrepreneurs worldwide since 1987. Dorsey received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston.
Mr. Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is president and founder of the Center For Urban Families (CFUF). Prior to founding CFUF, Mr. Jones developed and directed the Men's Services program for the federally funded Baltimore Healthy Start initiative and replicated the Baltimore affiliate of the nationally recognized STRIVE employment services program. His ability to engage and provide hands-on services to fathers has garnered him a reputation of trailblazer in the field. Mr. Jones is a national leader in workforce development, fatherhood and family services programming, and through his professional and civic involvement influences policy direction nationwide.
Trabian Shorters is founder and CEO of BMe. He began the initiative while serving as vice president of the Knight Foundation. With the full blessing of his board and CEO, and with a generous donation from the foundation, Trabian left Knight Foundation on July 1, 2013 to grow the BMe Community. Trabian has a long history in building innovative networks for the public good. First as one of the authors of AmeriCorps, then as a founder of an innovative nonprofit technology support network which was backed by both AOL and Microsoft in 1999. He went on to be the director of Ashoka-US, which funds and networks outstanding social entrepreneurs, before joining the Knight Foundation wherein he managed a $300M portfolio and led Knight’s groundbreaking Community Information Challenge. Based upon the research of Daniel Kahneman, Chip Heath, Jonah Sachs, Monique Sternin and Jonah Berger; Trabian devised a community engagement and transformation theory called "Asset-Framing" and through the Knight Foundation he worked with social impact design firm, Context Partners, and marketing giant, Ogilvy & Mather, to apply it regarding black males of Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.