As a follow-up to the 2014 recommendations report, the Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on African-American Males (MCAAM) submitted this annual report to highlight the group's actions thus far and to make further recommendations. The report also presents a data snapshot of Black males in Philadelphia in the areas of education, health, safety, family, and employment.
- One priority of the MCAAM is to create legislation ensuring that the MCAAM become a permanent Committee. The bill is currently under review, and a hearing is scheduled for Fall 2015. Tweet
- Another priority of the MCAAM is to ensure that Philadelphia's anchor institutions (e.g., hospitals, universities, etc.) provide more opportunities for African-American men, not only as recipients of services but also as vendors, partners, decision-makers, and stakeholders. Efforts are underway to collect disaggregated data, in partnership with the Office of Economic Opportunity. Tweet
- Beginning in January 2015, coinciding with National Mentoring Month, MCAAM launched the Rebuilding the Village initiative, a series of wellness and healing conversations with Black men and boys in three neighborhoods. Next steps include evaluating the program and seeking opportunities to replicate the model in more communities. Tweet