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California’s Tomorrow: A Framework for Improving the Lives of Young Males of Color

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm PST
San Francisco Foundation
One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1400 San Francisco, CA 94111
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Young men and boys of color are among the fastest-growing segments of our state’s population, representing almost three quarters of all males under age 18 in California (71% or 3.6 million in California)*. Their contributions will indelibly shape the vitality, prosperity, resilience, and safety of our state.

Recognizing this seismic demographic shift, over the past several years, a growing number of nonprofits and foundations have been working to improve the life outcomes for the state’s and the nation’s, boys and young men of color. Their work is driven by both the belief that all children should have the opportunity to lead healthy and successful lives. And a fundamental understanding that for all their achievements and promise, boys and young men of color have been pushed to an enduringly dreadful place in society that currently prevents this belief from becoming a reality.

Recently several member foundations have refined a way to think about and conceptualize positive outcomes for this population- A Life Course Framework for Improving the Lives of Boys and Young Men of Color.  To ensure that this dynamic is interrupted, this framework has been developed to offer this group of foundations the ability to take the types of bold, targeted, thoughtful action required across every system that touches the lives of these children and youth from education to work to health to justice.  This framework:

  1. Articulates why there is a need to focus on race, gender and geography to improve the lives of populations experiencing deep disparities like young males of color
  2. Offers a framework that demonstrates how well-being is a consequence of multiple determinants;  how our different trajectories around well-being are the product of cumulative risk, protective factors and other influences; and how the timing and sequence of what we experience influences the healthy development of both individuals and populations.
  3. Considers the inter-generational implications of this approach and how to address them.

Come Join Us

  • Learn how this framework could begin to shape your work and funding strategy
  • Discover how your foundation can contribute to the effort to implement it
  • Contribute to the development of a national roadmap for improving the life outcomes for boys and young men of color

Target Audience

This funder-only program is free and open to NCG members and invited guests. If you are not a member of NCG and would like to register for this program, please email


Arnold Chandler, Co-Founder, Forward Change Consulting

Robert Philips, Director of Health Programs, Sierra Health Foundation

Co-sponsored by The San Francisco Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation