For this month's newsletter, we wanted to feature a few organizations making an impact as they work to shift the narrative of boys and men of color. Check out their work and let us know what you think.

Also, if you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer, join Hawkins Street Elementary School on Wednesday, February 13, from 8:00-10:00am as they celebrate the 100th day of school! The Young Men of Hawkins Club is looking for 100 positive male role models from the community to meaningfully engage with male students. To volunteer, contact Mrs. G. Vanessa Jones, School Librarian, at or call (973) 465-4920.

Lastly, if you missed any of our newsletters from 2018 that contain updates on what we've accomplished these last 6 months, you can access past issues at the end of this email.


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Raising Kings: Audio Series from Education Week & NPR About D.C.'s First All-Male Public High School
Raising Kings: A Year of Love and Struggle at Ron Brown College Prep in Washington, D.C.

Ron Brown College Prep is a public high school in Washington, D.C. specifically designed to meet the needs of young men of color. The first class, a group of freshman, at Ron Brown College Prep are all young men of color " determined to upend the dominant narrative about young black men in Washington, D.C.". Education Week and NPR's Code Switch spent hundreds of hours with teachers, students, and parents. Their three episode series tells the story of Ron Brown's first year in operation.

Check out the full documentary here.

Gillette's New Ad Takes on the Topic of Toxic Masculinity
Gillette's 2019 Ad Takes an Introspective Reflection on Toxic Masculinity

In January of 2019, Gillette released a new ad entitled "Gillette believes in the best in men," turning the company’s 30-year-old slogan into an introspective reflection on toxic masculinity. The new marketing campaign, along with its charitable program, aims to celebrate the stories of men from different walks of life making a positive impact in their communities. Their short film, "We Believe," challenges norms and showcases ways in which men can create change amongst other men. Gillette is committing $1 million a year for the next three years to non-profit organizations executing programs that support men of all ages achieve their personal “best.” 

Read Gillette's full press release to learn more!

MENTOR's 2019 Toolkit: Inspiring and Recruiting Volunteers to Become Mentors in Real Life
MENTOR's “Because You Mentored Me” Campaign Encourages Volunteers to Become Mentors in Real Life

January is National Mentoring Month, the largest-scale mentoring campaign nationwide. The campaign was launched four years ago by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR). MENTOR released a powerful video on mentorship in order to charge people around the country to join the movement.

Please check out their "Because You Mentored Me" video and their 2019 Mentoring Toolkit .
Reverend Dr. Raphael G. Warnock at the Aspen Institute's The Father Factor Conference
"Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do" — Speech by Reverend Dr. G. Warnock at The Father Factor Conference in Washington, D.C.
Reverend Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, delivered a powerful speech at The Father Factor conference a c onvening of fathers, researchers, thought leaders, policy makes, and social service program leaders organized by Ascend The Aspen Institute and Good+ Foundation in Washington, D.C. on November 18, 2018.

The goal of The Father Factor conference was to share research and ideas, highlight promising practice, and explore policy opportunities to increase the engagement of both fathers with their children.

Reverend Dr. Warnock believes fathers are a critical link in building strong families and communities. His conversation highlights the importance of fathers in helping children and families achieve their full potential.

Shifting Narratives for Boys and Men of Color by the Executive Alliance
Learn More About Transforming Harmful Perceptions of Boys and Young Men of Color

The Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color (EA) is a network with more than 40 national, regional, and community foundations committed to removing structural and systemic barriers so that boys and men of color can realize their full potential. In 2018, EA released a comprehensive toolkit for those interested in transforming the harmful and negative perceptions of young men of color. This toolkit provides an overview of why investing in narrative change work is critical and why promoting assets over deficits is key to inspiring a movement we can all believe in and achieve.

Click here to access the full full report .

Moving The Needle Partner Showcase: Newark's Youth Employment Program & Marsha Armstrong Acheampong
Marsha Armstrong Acheampong, Youth Program Director of the city of Newark

Congratulations to Marsha Armstrong Acheampong, now the Director of the Youth Program of the city of Newark. Though her position has changed, Marsha's work stays focused on building Newark's future workforce.

In 2015, Newark raised roughly $2 million in funding to provide summer employment opportunities to young people in Newark. Since then, Ms. Armstrong Acheampong has worked tirelessly to grow the Summer Youth Employment and Enrichment Program these last four years. To Marsha “it’s not just about getting kids off the street. It’s about giving them skills for the rest of their lives and training a workforce, so they can be great employees for the businesses in their own city."

The Summer Youth Employment Program is currently recruiting for Summer 2019. If you know a young person who might be a good fit for this program, contact Marsha at or call 973-273-6064 .

Calling Male Volunteers to Mentor At Hawkins Street Elementary School for their 100th Day of School Celebration | WED Feb 13
Are you looking to meaningfully engage with male youth in Newark?

Join Hawkins Street Elementary School on Wednesday, February 13, from 8:00-10:00 am as they celebrate 100 days of school!

The Young Men of Hawkins Club is looking for positive male role models from the community to engage with the young men of Hawkins Street School.

To volunteer, contact Mrs. G. Vanessa Jones, School Librarian, at or call (973) 465-4920.

Review 2018 MBK Newark Issues
Past Newsletters from July-December 2018
Did you miss any of our past newsletters? See what we've been up to these last 6 months:
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