Supporting the Success of Young Men of Color

MBK Methodology

After reviewing demographic, social, economic and crime data, as well as, numerous community and academic reports, a sixteen (16) member committee, which includes representatives from academia, the clergy, community groups, police, city and county government and local school systems, was created and charged with drafting a “MBK playbook” that outlines effective strategies to support the success of young men of color and effective and efficient means to implement the strategies.

To accomplish this, the following activities occurred:

  • Establishment of Guiding Principles to ensure hope and opportunity
  • Determination of a “Livability Index” by a review of data that measures the “What Youth See, Hear and Feel in Their Neighborhood” with respect to the socio­economic environment, support systems, police­ community interactions and education.
  • Call to Action by Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor, Bill Peduto
  • Embrace of the seven MBK goals including:
    • Identification of Considerations identified in research related to each goal
    • Review of current community initiatives entitled “Current Keepers” congruent to each goal.
    • Development of specific community objectives that commit to Keeping Hope and Opportunity
    • Creation of a managing process to ensure achievement of objectives by designating a Lead entity (non­profits, federal, county and city government, and community and economic development groups).
    • Promotion of the “7 Expanded Learning Pipeline Practices to sustain the initiative in neighborhood zones and communities.
    • Hosting of three (3) Deliberative Forums that engaged 227 members of the community to provide feedback to the identified goals and objectives.
    • Launch " MBK Playbook” to the greater community.
  • October 2015

    Launch of Local Action Plan

  • September 2015

    Hosted 3 MBK Deliberative Forums to engage public on proposed actions

  • June - July 2015

    City of Pittsburgh hired Youth equity & Access Associate

  • April - May 2015

    Establishment of Guiding Principles

    Review of demographics, support systems and police and community interactions

  • April 2015

    First MBK Newsletter & MBK YouTube Channel

    Pittsburgh joins Cities United

  • March 2015

    Identification of livability index indicators

  • February 20, 2015

    Establishment of MBK Committee

  • October 31, 2014

    Over 130 leaders convened for our Local Action Summit

  • October 4, 2014

    Survey of community members to determine the areas of concern

  • September 20, 2014

    City of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County accept President's Challenge

There is a lot of adversity that people have to go through no matter where you’re at. Changing the setting always helps, but your drive and motivation to do what you have to do will ultimately decide whether or not you can succeed. That’s what I believe.

– Youth Voice