Applicants Sought for Boys and Men of Color Leadership Initiative in Atlanta
Alexis S. Flannagan
Community Outreach Manager
Foundation Center South, a service of Candid
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March 14, 2019 (Atlanta, GA) — Foundation Center South, a service of Candid, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is seeking applicants for the Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) Executive Director Collaboration Circle (EDCC). Now in its third year, the program helps build the capacity of leaders working in nonprofits, organizations, and social institutional to serve and achieve strong outcomes for boys and men of color.
African Americans and Latinos compose more than half of Atlanta’s population. Education, employment, and other inequities have left many of these residents, especially our city’s boys and men of color, disconnected from the opportunities they need to thrive.
The BMOC EDCC is changing this reality in Metro Atlanta by helping local leaders build their organizational and leadership capacities and their partnerships and networks, as well as share best practices. All of these components are essential in becoming stronger grantee- and contract partners and enable organizations serving boys and men of color to reach their full potential.
“We hear time and time again that leaders need resources, connections to best practices, a professional learning community, and a platform to elevate and expand what’s working, and the Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle seeks to bridge this gap,” said Maria S. Azuri, Director of Foundation Center South, a Service of Candid.
Foundation Center South, a Service of Candid, is looking for a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of nonprofits and social institutions for the 2019BMOC EDCC. Applicants should have a deep commitment to the complex needs of boys and men of color, a desire to implement effective programming and expand professional acumen, and have a shared understanding that creative collaboration is critical to supporting this population and increasing impact. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a proven history of success serving boys and men of color in the six county region, which includes Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale counties.
“To address the significant challenges and disparities boys and men of color in Metro Atlanta face, we as philanthropists must support the organizations that work with them day to day in the community,” says Kweku Forstall, Director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site. “The collaboration circle is filling that need and helping to build the capacity of nonprofits that are already doing great work.
This cohort began with fourteen local leaders being selected in 2016 to participate in the inaugural BMOC EDCC. Some of the topics explored during the six-month pilot include organizational capacities and tools needed to provide best-practice programming, working collaboratively on issues, and in/external leadership strategies for sustainable scaling and fundraising. To date, 41 organizations have completed this six-month BMOC Leadership cohort.
“The Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle experience provided me the space to reflect and grow my professional skills, broadened my network, and fueled our programming,” said Jason Terrell Executive Director of Profound Gentlemen (2017 cohort participant).
“The cohort experience helped us to pilot and expand our Social Emotional Learning curriculum into our national program model,” Ty Woods, Executive Director of Artportunity Knocks (2018 cohort participant), said of her cohort experience, “You can’t pay for the connections made in this cohort! I learned very practical tools that I’m now using in my new board member assessment process and access to all the tools offered has been incredible.”
This year’s leaders will also explore self-care, power dynamics, and internal assessments across various indicators of organizational strength. Also as vitally important, leaders will explore their leadership style, build their leadership skills, and network in a safe space – connecting, engaging, sharing, and learning along with peers also involved in this crucial area of work.
The six-month program will start on Friday, May 31st. Applications must be received by Friday, May 3 12:00 pm. Finalists will be announced on Friday, May 10, 2019 via email. Mandatory program orientation is on Friday, May 17 from 10 am- 1 pm.
BMOC Executive Director Collaboration Circle Schedule:
- Friday, May 31, 2019, 10:00 am -1:00 pm (Orientation)
- Friday, June 14, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Friday, July 26, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Friday, August 23, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Friday, September 27, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Friday, November 1, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Friday, December 6, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit this link to apply today.
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About the Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private national philanthropy that creates better futures for the nation’s children by strengthening families, building economic opportunities and transforming neighborhoods into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow.