My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to Build Ladders of Opportunity
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Joins White House Initiative to Support Young Men of Color
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and nine other philanthropies are joining efforts with the White House to help America’s young men of color reach their full potential and give all young people the opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life. The Casey Foundation, along with The Atlantic Philanthropies, Bloomberg Philanthropies, California Endowment, Ford Foundation, John and James L. Knight Foundation, Kapor Center for Social Impact, Open Society Foundations, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have pledged to contribute a combined $7.5 million to coordinate the initiative.
“This is an important milestone in a movement that has been growing over the last 20 years, and we wholeheartedly support this effort,” said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Casey Foundation. “Our grant making focuses on ensuring that all children have a fair chance to reach their potential in the neighborhoods, school and in life. But when we take an honest look at our communities, it becomes obvious that boys of color have a tough time making it through childhood successfully.”
McCarthy was one of the 28 chief executive officers of foundations who met in 2013 to form the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color. Today’s announcement builds upon that meeting of philanthropic organizations and advances the pledge to explore strategies and engage in research to support effective action. In addition, the new initiative leverages these philanthropic investments and will work to bring together more public and private sector parties that can help to create workable solutions.
“African-American and Latino boys face significant barriers to success at every stage – from their early years into adulthood, said McCarthy. “The new initiative dovetails with our Foundation’s efforts to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live work and grow. We are proud to be part of this public-private initiative that can find pathways to opportunities for young people.”
The White House announcement recognizes the significant role that the philanthropic community is already playing to expand opportunity for young men of color.
Learn how the Casey Foundation is building ladders of opportunity for young men of color.
Baltimore Direct Services Grants Program
Foundation Calls for Grant Proposals to Support Baltimore Children and Families
The Annie E. Casey Foundation seeks grant proposals from local direct service organizations sponsoring 2014 summer activities and programs for disadvantaged Baltimore City youth. The Casey Foundation’s Baltimore Direct Services Grants (BDSG) program will make individual grants of up to $20,000 to support summer youth activities and programs, with awards effective June 1, 2014.
Nonprofit community organizations with 501(c)(3) status serving Baltimore City youth are eligible to apply by completing the 2014 Application
; the BDSG fact sheet
provides additional information on eligibility criteria. The Foundation will give priority consideration to organizations reaching out to particularly vulnerable children, such as those who are homeless or academically at risk, with strategies for promoting attendance and reading success.
Launched in 1995, the Baltimore Direct Services Grants program has supported a wide range of innovative ideas and practices from groups serving many areas of the city. The 2013 grants gave youth opportunities to get practical work experience, participate in academic and cultural enrichment and develop life and leadership skills.
“Opportunities for summer academic and experiential learning are limited, and youth in Baltimore suffer as a result," says Sophie Dagenais, director of the Foundation’s Baltimore Civic Site. "We are committed to ensuring summer is a time for youth to keep moving forward in their growth and development."
The deadline for applications is 12 p.m. March 24, 2014. All applications must be emailed to BDSG@aecf.org
A NEW KIDS COUNT DATA SNAPSHOT
Low Reading Scores Show Majority of U.S. Children Not Prepared for Future Success
In a new KIDS COUNT data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading proficiently - a key predictor of a student’s future educational and economic success. If this trend continues, the country will not have enough skilled workers for an increasingly competitive global economy by the end of this decade.
"Early Reading Proficiency in the United States" finds that two-thirds of all children are not meeting an important benchmark: reading at grade level at the start of fourth grade. Of even greater concern is that the gap between students from higher- and lower-income families is growing wider, with 17 percent improvement seen among the former group compared to only a 6 percent improvement among their lower-income peers.
Despite an improvement over the last decade in reading proficiency in many states, large disparities persist not only among economic classes, but also in certain racial minorities and their White and Asian peers. Dual language learners, who are the driving force behind the country’s demographic change, are among the least likely to hit this important milestone.
"Early Reading Proficiency in the United States" recommends that more must be done to increase reading proficiency for low-income children so that they can attain economic security as adults.
View the Foundation's news release on "Early Reading Proficiency in the United States," featuring Ralph Smith of the Casey Foundation and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Laura Speer, also of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
View and download "Early Reading Proficiency in the United States."
Explore the latest data on early reading proficiency in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
Bart Lubow Stepping Down As Director of Juvenile Justice Strategy Group
Leader in Juvenile Justice Reform To Retire from the Casey Foundation
Bart Lubow, director of the Juvenile Justice Strategy Group at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will retire June 30 after 22 years of leading the Foundation’s work to seek safer and more effective alternatives for young people who get into trouble with the law.
While at Casey, Lubow has designed and managed the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), the nation’s most widely replicated juvenile justice reform effort, which has significantly improved the odds for disadvantaged youth to make successful transitions to adulthood. Today, more than 250 JDAI sites operate in 39 states and the District of Columbia. JDAI sites have dramatically reduced reliance on secure detention without sacrificing public safety, reduced racial disparities in local justice systems and saved millions in taxpayer dollars by facilitating the downsizing of multiple detention centers.
"No one in the country has done more than Bart Lubow to build the national movement for reform in juvenile justice. He helped create a national network of committed partners dedicated to finding effective alternatives to the confinement of young people,” said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Foundation. “This network of committed reformers has helped to end our reliance on secure detention as the default option for young people in trouble with the law. Bart’s dedication, perseverance, intelligence and strategic thinking have been critical in launching and sustaining these reforms in cities and states across the nation. He will be greatly missed by his many friends at the Casey Foundation.”
Lubow began his career in criminal justice in 1974 at the New York City Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division. As director of Special Defender Services, he pioneered the development of social work interventions to enhance representation in criminal cases. In 1984, Lubow was named director of Alternatives to Incarceration for New York State. In his capacity, he was responsible for a major expansion of pretrial service programs in county courts. Lubow joined Casey in 1992.
The Foundation has launched a national search for a new director of its juvenile justice work. Lubow will continue to be affiliated with the Foundation as a senior consultant.
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